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NSF Updates

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the issuance of the revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) ( NSF 23-1) that will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023. A complete summary of changes can be found at:

Notable changes include:

  • There is a new checkbox on the NSF Cover Sheet: Off-Campus or Off-Site Research.  For purposes of this requirement, off-campus or off-site research is defined as data/information/samples being collected off-campus or off-site, such as fieldwork and research activities on vessels and aircraft.  This checkbox would be completed if project member does not have access to on-campus resources.  Please note that this does not refer to Off-campus F&A but only for access to resources.  If the box is checked, the PI is required to provide a certification regarding Safe and Inclusive Working Environments for Off-Campus and Off-Site Research.   Details of the plan and a fillable pdf for the plan, is HERE for review and use, when applicable.
  • Starting January 30, 2023 a new fillable Current and Pending and Biographical Sketch PDF is required until the mandate to use SciENcv goes into effect October 23, 2023.  The fillable PDF currently requires signature by typing your name for certification.  Starting October 23, 2023 SciENcv will be the only allowable format, however, NSF encourages the community to use SciENcv prior to the October 2023 implementation. See:  NSF Biographical Sketch Policy NSF Current and Pending Policy .
  • In addition to the current and pending forms and Biographical Sketches, NSF requires that PIs certify that their Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents are accurate, current, and complete at the reporting stage or prior to the issuance of award.  Certification will be executed by sending NSF current forms based on the information above. 
  • Subrecipients named in a proposal must obtain a UEI and register in, however, they do not need to be registered in SAM.
  • NSF will require senior personnel on potential awards to submit updated Current and Pending Support information prior to award, as well as part of the annual and final reporting process, when applicable.  After October 2023 certification will need to be made by downloading the PDF in SciENcv.
  • Some NSF program solicitations now use the new Broad Agency Announcement Management (BAAM) System for Letters of Intent, pre-proposals, and full proposals.  Use of BAAM will be stated in the solicitation or BAA.
  • Some NSF proposal types (see Chapter II.E for additional information) or funding opportunities may require submission of a concept outline in the Program Suitability and Proposal Concept Tool (ProSPCT) in advance of submission of a full proposal.  The use of ProSPCT requires a account and the funding Opportunity will state if a concept outline is needed.

Please contact DSP at if you have any questions.

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