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NEW NSF Grant Guidelines in Effect as of December 26, 2014

NEW NSF Grant Guidelines in Effect as of December 26, 2014: Implementation of the Federal "Uniform Guidance" Documents

The NSF Policy Office has forwarded information about the new grant proposal and award procedures that will take effect on December 26, 2014.  A special session on these changes has been added to CUR Dialogues, which will be held on February 19-21, 2014.  For more information about CUR Dialogues, please see https://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/cur_dialogues/. Research and Sponsored Programs staff at smaller PUI’s, as well as larger institutions, may find it particularly valuable to attend CUR Dialogues this year.

NSF is pleased to announce that a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 15-1) has been issued.  The PAPPG has been revised to implement 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  The Uniform Guidance incorporates language from eight existing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars into one consolidated set of guidance in the Code of Federal Regulations.  The PAPPG also has been revised to incorporate other significant changes and clarifications unrelated to the Uniform Guidance implementation.  

The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the:

(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and

(b) Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.

As mandated by OMB, the new PAPPG will be effective December 26, 2014.  In addition to the significant changes to implement the Uniform Guidance, other important revisions include:

•           Acknowledgement of the implementation of NSF’s new financial system (iTRAK);

•           Addition of an NSF electronic capabilities modernization status matrix to assist the community as NSF transitions our electronic capabilities to Research.gov;

•           Additional compliance checking regarding the type of proposal mechanism used; 

•           Expansion of the budget justification section to reflect that each subaward must include a separate budget justification of no more than three pages;

•           New coverage on the Ideas Lab funding mechanism;

•           Description of new prior approval requirements; and

•           Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

Given the extensive nature of the changes made to implement the Uniform Guidance and other important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of the changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.  A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held in early January; further communication will be forthcoming.  

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on December 26, 2014, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 14-1) continue to apply.  We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective. 

Please direct any questions to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at policy@nsf.gov, or (703) 292-8243.

 

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