The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will take effect for proposals submitted on, or due on or after, January 29th, 2018. A listing of significant changes from the PAPPG 2017 version can be found here.
I highly recommend watching the NSF webinar, which took place on December 8, 2017. It provides an explanation of the significant changes, making it very easy to understand them. It also provides a preview of NSF’s Proposal Submission Modernization initiative. NSF has been working toward moving proposal submissions from FastLane to Research.gov. FastLane is not going away any time soon, and you should still continue to use it. However, NSF has been taking steps to utilize Research.gov for proposal submissions.
You can view the webinar here: https://nsfgrantsconferences.com/pappg-update-webinar/
See a preview of NSF’s new proposal submission system here: https://youtu.be/tbU5agcTe1o.
I also want to bring to your attention NSF’s quarterly Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter, which contains many clarifications with regards to proposal submissions and grant management: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/newsletter.jsp.
I’ll be reviewing some of these items for grants managers during this week’s Research Administration Forums. Always feel free to ask any questions to your assigned SPA Project Officer.