NSF Updates


The new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 22-1 was released and became effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after October 4, 2021.

To assist the UF community, we have highlighted some of the key changes HERE, and have included a few of these policy changes below for reference. You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

NSF has provided a useful table in support of the changes. See: NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support

Biographical Sketches

  • Using the required NSF fillable pdf or generated SciENcv Biographical Sketch format, the page limit increased from two to three pages. Chapter II.C.2.f
  • Senior personnel who wish to include publications in the products section of the biographical sketch that include multiple authors may, at their discretion, choose to list one or more of the authors and then “et al.” in lieu of including the complete listing of authors’ names.
  • he Synergistic Activities section has been clarified to define five specific and distinct examples, and must NOT include multiple examples to further describe the activity.

Current and Pending Support (C&P)

  • On Current and Pending Support, NSF now requires that information on objectives and overlap with other projects be provided.
  • NSF has provided updated FAQs specifically related to Current and Pending support questions.
    • FAQs on using ScIENcv
    • FAQs on using NSF Fillable PDFs

Effective August 30, 2021, Current and Pending Support fillable PDFs uploaded in FastLane and Grants.gov will be trimmed of any pages which do not contain data entered by users (i.e., blank pages). The trimming service only applies to the NSF-approved Current and Pending Support fillable PDFs and not to any other uploaded PDFs. When viewing the updated PDF after the trimming process, please note that only blank pages are removed, and the remaining pages will not be re-numbered.

Effective October 4, 2021, Current and Pending Support fillable PDFs uploaded in Research.gov will be trimmed of any pages which do not contain data entered by users (i.e., blank pages). The trimming service only applies to the NSF-approved Current and Pending Support fillable PDFs and not to any other uploaded PDFs. When viewing the updated PDF after the trimming process, please note that only blank pages are removed, and the remaining pages will not be re-numbered.

GOALI Proposals

  • Has been updated to stipulate that collaborative proposals must now be submitted by a single organization with Subawards, instead of as a collaborative submission.

Grant Closeout Policy

  • Adds new requirements that if a grantee does not submit all required reports with one year of the end of the award, NSF must report the grantee’s failure to comply with the terms and conditions of award to the OMB-designated integrity and performance system (Chapter VII.D.5).

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Requirements

  • UEI numbers go into effect by April 2022. NSF will be adopting and implementing this new UEI in compliance with OMB/GSA guidelines.