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Important Information about the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

December 19, 2008 - The NSF has released a new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 09-1. This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted on or after January 5th, 2009. To view an HTML or PDF version of the new guide please use the following URL:

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf091

For more information, be sure to read the Summary of Significant Changes, available in the PAPPG.


Pay particular attention to the changes to the “Project Description”

Chapter II – Section C.2d(i), Project Description, has had entirely new guidance added regarding mentoring activities. This was done to address the mentoring requirement of the America COMPETES Act. Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a separate section within the 15-page project description, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. Examples of such activities are provided and the mentoring plan will be evaluated during the merit review process, under the Broader Impacts criterion. Proposals that do not include a separate section on mentoring activities within the Project Description will be returned without review. The Proposal Preparation Checklist (Exhibit II-1) and Chapter IV.B. on Return without Review have been updated to reflect that.