The National Science Foundation (NSF) published Issue VI of the NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter this November. This newsletter includes articles on the following topics:
- Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Released
- NSF Policy on Harassment Finalized
- NSF is Developing a New Award Notice
- Research.gov Proposal Submission Update
- NSF Grants Conference Webcast
- How to Subscribe to the Newsletter
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Below is a brief summary of the published topics:
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Released
NSF received final approval from the Office of Management and Budget on the proposed changes to the PAPPG and it was released to the community on November 2, 2018. NSF provides the community a minimum of ninety days before they go into effect. This allows organizations to familiarize themselves with the changes as well as make any necessary changes to internal policies to comply with NSF guidance. The revised PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, or awards made, on or after January 28, 2019.
NSF Policy on Harassment Finalized
NSF has taken steps to help ensure research environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering its policies, guidelines, and communications so that organizations funded by NSF clearly understand expectations and requirements. A community effort is essential to eliminate sexual and other forms of harassment in science and to build scientific workplaces where people can learn, grow, and thrive. NSF and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) developed a harassment website which includes pertinent policies, laws, regulations, FAQs and promising practices for organizations.
NSF is Developing a New Award Notice
As NSF develops a new backend award system, they are taking the opportunity to standardize, streamline and simplify the award notices that are automatically delivered to funded organizations. NSF has been rolling out these new award notices to the community incrementally beginning in March 2018 and notices for new awards are scheduled for March 2019.
Research.gov Proposal Submission Update
Enhances have been made to Research.gov’s proposal submission capabilities. This past April, Research.gov launched the ability to prepare and submit non-collaborative research proposals. Effective September 24, 2018, Research.gov’s proposal preparation and submission site was enhanced to allow additional flexible options for PDF uploads.The proposal preparation and submission site is being developed incrementally and as capabilities are migrated from FastLane to Research.gov, the system features will expand until Research.gov eventually replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission.
NSF Grants Conference Webcast
NSF live-streamed the plenary sessions of the NSF Grants Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 8-9. The conference and webcast are especially beneficial for new faculty, research and administrators who want to gain key insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF including the state of current funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent and administrative issues. The recorded sessions will be posted on the conference website.
How to Subscribe to the Newsletter
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