[Office-of-research] NSF Announces New Proposal & Award Polices & Procedures Guide

Bruce Morgan bruce.morgan at ucr.edu
Tue Apr 17 10:01:26 PDT 2007

The following message was recently issued by the National Science Foundation
Policy Office.


Bruce Morgan

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

Office of Research


x25535 - Phone

x24483 - Fax



Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the new NSF Proposal & Award Policies &
Procedures Guide (NSF 07-140) which is comprised of documents relating to
the Foundation's proposal and award process.  The Guide consolidates two
previous standalone NSF policy documents: the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)
and the Grant Policy Manual (GPM) and combines them into a single electronic
policy framework.   The Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide will be
effective for proposals submitted on or after June 1, 2007.  This document
supercedes all prior versions of the GPG and GPM and can be accessed at:

NSF chose to implement this new policy framework for a number of reasons.
We believe that it will improve both the awareness and knowledge of the
complete set of NSF policies and procedural documents, increase ease of
access to the policies and procedures that govern the entire grant lifecycle
and eliminate duplicative and sometimes truncated coverage between the GPG
and GPM.  The new Guide also should increase the transparency of the NSF
proposal and award process and allow the Foundation to better manage
amendments between the documents due to administrative changes.   

The Guide consists of two parts:

*          Part I is comprised of NSF's proposal preparation and submission
guidelines - the NSF Grant Proposal Guide and the NSF Grants.gov Application
Guide (to be incorporated at a later date).

*          Part II is comprised of documents used to guide, manage and
monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements
made by the Foundation.  The Grant Policy Manual has been incorporated into
the Guide as Part II and has been renamed the Award & Administration Guide

An Introduction precedes Part I of the Guide and contains updated sections,
*          About the National Science Foundation; 
*          Foreword; 
*          Acronym list; 
*          Definitions and NSF-Grantee Relationships; 
*          Description of NSF Organizations; and 
*          NSF Organizational Chart (including hypertext links).  

Many changes have been made to the GPG and GPM in order to combine and
consolidate them to form the new PAPP Guide.  Some of the significant
changes found in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide include: 
*          Coverage on exceptions to NSF's deadline date policy;
*          Identification of designated fonts that must be used to prepare
an NSF proposal;
*          Increased coverage on the Grants.gov apply function;
*          Further guidance on the elimination of program-specific cost
sharing and removal of the statutory (1%) cost sharing requirement; 
*          Incorporation of two additional proposal certifications regarding
Nondiscrimination and Flood Hazard Insurance; 
*          Incorporation of language regarding use of the Facilities and
Administrative (F&A) rate at the time of the award; and
*          Revision of human and vertebrate animal data for consistency with

Each Part of the Guide contains a by-Chapter summary of significant changes
to assist the user in navigating through the changes.    

The Guide will be available in HTML format, as originally described, by the
end of this month.  The document currently is available as a fully
Web-linked and searchable PDF version which gives users the ability to print
either Parts of the Guide or the document in its entirety. If you have any
questions regarding the new NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures
Guide, please contact the Policy Office on 703-292-8243 or by e-mail to
policy at nsf.gov .     


Jean Feldman 
Head, Policy Office 
Division of Institution and Award Support 
Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management




Carol Blum
Research Compliance & Administration
Council on Government Relations
1200 New York Ave., NW
Suite 750
Washington DC 20005
202-289-6655, ext. 17
FAX: 202-289-6698
cblum at cogr.edu 

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