NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 17-1)


As a reminder, the National Science Foundation has revised its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 17-1).  The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 16-1) continue to apply until January 29, 2017.

Significant changes include:

  • Removal of all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG).  The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.  The document will be sequentially numbered from Chapter I-XII and all references throughout have been modified to reflect this change.
  • Addition of new sections on Special Processing Instructions and Types of Proposals, including two new types, RAISE and GOALI;     
  • Additional instructions for proposers on completion of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information;
  • Supplemental guidance on submission of proposals by organizations impacted by a natural or anthropogenic disaster;
  • Implementation of 45 CFR 690.118 for applications and proposals lacking definite plans for involvement of human subjects;
  • Update on the type of information that NSF may request from proposers with regard to Federal environmental statutes;
  • Supplemental information regarding treatment of NSF awards with canceled appropriations; 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 Significant Changes and Clarifications section of the PAPPG. NSF held a webinar on the new PAPPG on November 7th, 2016. The slides from the presentation are available here: https://nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/outreach/nsfupdate_fall16.pdf.


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