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New NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG 24-1)

Effective May 20, 2024

IMPORTANT CHANGES IN PAPPG 24-1

1) Biographical Sketch (Chapter II.D.2.h(i))

NSF has implemented the biographical sketch common form leading to the following changes:

  • The “Synergistic Activities” section is no longer part of the biographical sketch
  • The 3-page limitation has been removed (SciENcv will be updated accordingly by May)

2) Current and Pending (Other) Support (Chapter II.D.2.h(ii)):  

NSF provides an updated table regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information (NSTC Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures).

3) Synergistic Activities  (Chapter II.D.2.h(iv))

  • Not included in biographical sketch anymore
  • Separate upload as pdf file for each senior/key person in Research.gov
  • May be up to one page

4) Mentoring Plan (Chapter II.D.2.i(i))

Requirement is expanded to include both, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students . Note: It remains a single document that addresses both categories (if funding is included in the proposed budget) and the page limitation continues to be one page. However, within this page the plan may specify how different components of the mentoring program will be enacted for the two types of researchers.

5) New Proposal Certifications for Senior/Key Personnel (Chapter II.D.1.e(ii)): Each senior/key person must certify prior to proposal submission (and annually thereafter for the duration of the award) that they are not a party to a malign foreign talent recruitment program.

6) Proposals that may impact Tribal Resources or Interests (Chapter II.E.10)
NSF will not award proposals without prior written approval from the official(s) designated by the relevant Tribal Nation(s). The Cover Sheet will have a new checkbox indicating if there are “Potential Impacts on Tribal Nations”. Proposals that may impact the resources or interests of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribal Nation (Tribal Nation) require at least one of the following at the time of submission: 

  • A copy of the written request to the relevant Tribe(s) to carry out any proposed activity/activities that may require prior approval from the Tribal Nation(s)
  • Written confirmation from the Tribal Nation(s) that review and approval is not required
  • A copy of a document from the relevant Tribal Nation(s) that provides the requisite approval 

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