National Science Foundation (NSF) officers stress two main points that PIs must adhere to when submitting grant proposals:

  1. Contact the NSF Program Officer in your division prior to writing a proposal
  2. Include both Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts Criteria detailed in Fastlane's G​r​ant Program Guidelines

NSF has issued a revised version of its Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The revision is effective for all proposals submitted on or after January 25, 2016. 

The revision contains changes to policies and procedures associated with proposal submission. Significant changes in the NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide are:

  • Chapter I.F, When to Submit Proposals
  • Chapter I.G.2, How to Submit Proposals
  • Chapter II.C.1.d, Proposal Certifications
  • Chapter II.C.1.e, Collaborators & Other Affiliations Information
  • Chapter II.C.2.f, Biographical Sketch(es)
  • Chapter II.C.2.h, Current and Pending Support
  • Chapter II.D.14, Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)
​​The PAPPG presents an excellent summary of all the revisions in its opening pages. 


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