Important Update: NSF PAPPG 24-1 Changes Effective May 20, 2024

As part of our commitment to keeping our research community informed and prepared, we would like to remind you of significant upcoming changes to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 24-1, which will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024.

Key updates include:

  • Enhanced Guidelines for Foreign Collaborations: Proposals involving foreign collaborators must now include detailed justifications, clarifying the necessity and benefits of international collaboration.
  • Use of Generative AI: If used in proposal preparation, the extent and manner of AI involvement must be disclosed.
  • Synergistic Activities: Now required as a separate attachment for each senior/key person.
  • Mentoring Plan Requirements: Expanded to include all supported postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.
  • Individual Development Plans (IDPs): IDPs will be required for each NSF award that provides substantial support (at least one person month) to postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. The IDPs must be updated annually.
  • Tribal Nations Impact: Proposals affecting Tribal Nations require prior written approval, with new documentation requirements.
  • Implementation of the Common Forms (Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending (Other) Support Forms), containing a new certification on Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment Programs (MFTRPs).*

*Note that a subsequent announcement is forthcoming concerning Current and Pending (Other) Support and Biosketch Disclosures.

To assist you in navigating these changes, we have prepared a detailed summary document that outlines revisions and new requirements introduced in PAPPG 24-1.

We strongly encourage all PIs and administrators to review this summary. Should you have any questions, please contact your SPA Project Officer.

May 17, 2024