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Proposal Development

OSP staff members are here to help you prepare your proposal and secure funding for your research. The following are resources to assist you in developing and preparing your proposal for submission:

  • PACS Grants - Access BU's online proposal development tool
  • Rates - Find up-to-date fringe benefits, indirect costs, etc.
  • Forms - Download up-to-date OSP forms 
  • Unit Assignments - Find out which OSP team member provides support
                                       for your department


New National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

Effective for proposals submitted on or after October 4, 2021, the NSF PAPPG 22-1:

  • Implements new requirements for the Biosketch and Current and Pending Forms, INCLUDING NEW FORMS (available at the links above, or from your Grant and Contract Administrator).
  • Adds new "Planning" and "Career-Life Balance Supplement" proposal types.
  • Provides for requests for reasonable accommodations for accessibility regarding the proposal process.
  • Requires certification that prior to participating in meetings for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code of conduct addressing harrassment.
  • Additional information is available in the Summary of Significant Changes.


6/21/21 - NEW Resource:


In an effort to provide the community with helpful reference information regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has developed a disclosure table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support, to identify where these disclosures must be provided in proposals as well as in project reports. Proposers and awardees may begin using this resource immediately to assist with completing the relevant proposal and project report sections.

As a reminder, current and pending support information is used to assess the capacity of the individual to carry out the research as proposed, as well as to help assess any potential overlap/duplication with the project being proposed. 

A revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) will be released next week with an effective date of October 4, 2021, and the disclosures table will be included in this revised version. 


Changes effective 5/25/21 - national institutes of health biosketch and other support forms

UPDATE - May 18, 2021

In response to the high volume of inquiries on this topic, NIH has established a central email to which questions should be sent: (NOT-OD-21-122)


Changes have been made to the Personal Statement and Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors setion; Research Support (Section D) removed in all but Fellowship version.

More information, FAQs, and instructions

Other Support Forms (Just-In-Time [JIT] Requests, RPPR)

Effective 5/25/21, NIH will REQUIRE English language copies of contracts, grants, or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources reported in Other Support.

All Other Support documents must use updated format pages which separate funded from in-kind contributions. PLEASE NOTE that Other Support includes ALL resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the research identifies for the current grant.

Other Support forms now require certification/signature by the investigator, which should be added electronically before the file is "flattened" and uploaded to the RPPR or provided in response to a JIT request.

More information, FAQs, and instructions

Last Updated: 10/7/21