NSF Grant Proposal Guide Revisions, January 2013

The National Science Foundation has updated the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide to take effect in January.

Some of the changes to the Grant Proposal Guide (the pre-award section) include:

  • a clarification and strengthening of NSF's two proposal merit review criteria, - while the two criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Proposers should familiarize themselves with the Merit Review Principles and Criteria described in GPG Chapter III.A. For comprehensive outreach and training materials visit the revised Merit Review Criteria Resource site.
  • instructions for biographical sketches have been revised to rename the Publications section to Products, and to clarify that products may include publications, data sets, software, patents, copyrights, etc.
  • instructions for calculating indirect cost rates have been modified to clarify that, with few exceptions, indirect costs must be calculated using the applicant's federally negotiated indirect cost rate.
  • The section on Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources now requires that a combined description of resources (internal and external, physical and personnel) that will be available to the project should be provided. To assist proposers in complying with the NSF cost sharing policy, FastLane will include a new format for submission of this information when the revised requirements become effective in January.
  • The Budget section has been updated regarding senior personnel. If no person months and no salary are being requested for senior personnel, they should not be included in Section A of the budget.

Review a summary of all changes in the Grant Proposal Guide.

Review a summary of changes in the Award and Administration Guide