NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 16-1) effective 1/25/2016


As a reminder, the National Science Foundation has revised its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 16-1). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.  In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 15-1) continue to apply until January 25, 2016.


Significant changes include:

  • Enforcement of 5 p.m. submitter’s local time across all NSFfunding opportunities;
  • Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy;
  • NSF’s implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;
  • Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch
  • Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;
  • Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only;
  • Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and
  • Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

Given the number of important revisions, the research community is strongly encouraged to review the summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. NSF held a webinar on the new PAPPG on October 29th, 2015. The slides from the presentation are available here: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/outreach/nsfupdate_webinaroct2015.pdf.


Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs if you have any questions regarding the new NSF PAPPG.