NSF issues revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

Effective for proposals submitted or due on/after January 30, 2023

NSF issues revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

Applicants interested in applying for funding from the National Science Foundation should note that NSF has issued a revised PAPPG, effective January 30, 2023.

A helpful  summary of these updates (by chapter) is provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. Some significant changes include: 

  • Revisions to incorporate Research.gov as the replacement for FastLane for proposal preparation and submission.
  • Revisions to the certification for Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) for proposals submitted on or after July 31, 2023, which expands the training to faculty and other senior personnel. The revised section also identifies that the content of the training must address mentor training and mentorship.
  • Use of Concept Outlines as a submission type and the Program Suitability and Proposal Concept Tool (ProSPCT).
  • Requirement for NSF program officers to request updated Current and Pending Support information prior to making a funding recommendation.
  • Requirements for use of SciENcv for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents.
  • New sections on Research Security and Scientific Integrity.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 30, 2023, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 22-1) continue to apply.