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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: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf07140.
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:
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).
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 (AAG).
An Introduction precedes Part I of the Guide and contains updated sections,
the National Science Foundation;
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:
on exceptions to NSF's deadline date policy;
§ Identification of designated fonts that must be used to
prepare an NSF proposal;
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;
of two additional proposal certifications regarding Nondiscrimination and Flood
of language regarding use of the Facilities and Administrative (F&A)
rate at the time of the award; and
of human and vertebrate animal data for consistency with Grants.gov.
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 email@example.com .
Head, Policy Office