The National Science Foundation (NSF) has updated the NSF Grant Proposal Guide, 14-1. We have
prepared a summary of the significant changes and their impact on
our PI's. Click here for a fuller version of these
- Format of the Proposal, has been revised to add
instructions that, upon entering the proposal preparation module in
FastLane, the PI will be prompted to select whether or not the
proposal is a collaborative proposal and the type of proposal being
developed (e.g., RAPID, EAGER, Equipment etc.).
FORMAT OF PROPOSAL:
- Sections of the Proposal has been augmented to
include a list of required sections for a full proposal submitted
via FastLane. If the submission instructions do not require a
section to be provided, the proposer should insert text or upload a
document in that section of the proposal stating “Not
- an addition to the Certification Regarding Conflict of
Interest. The language states that if research proceeds without the
imposition of conditions or restrictions when a conflict of
interest exists, this must be disclosed to NSF via use of the
Notifications and Requests Module in FastLane.
- Results from Prior NSF Support, has been amended to make
clear that in the summary of results of the completed work, the
accomplishments related to Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact
activities must be separately described under two distinct
- Also has been amended to clarify that in cases where the PI or
co-PI has received more than one award (excluding amendments) they
need only report on the one award most closely related to the
- Unfunded Collaborations, has been revised to explain
that any substantial collaboration with individuals not included in
the budget should be described in the Facilities, Equipment and
Other Resources section of the proposal and documented in a letter
of commitment from each collaborator.
- has been updated to state that inclusion of information beyond
that specified may result in the proposal being returned
- has been modified to add that, if a biographical sketch(es) is
not required, the proposer should insert text or upload a document
in this section of the proposal that states, “Not
- Products, has been supplemented with language stating
that, if only publications are included, the heading
“Publications” may be used for this section of the
BUDGET AND BUDGET JUSTIFICATION:
- has been amended to clarify that, if a program solicitation
does not require a budget, and there is no budgetary information to
justify, the proposer should insert text or upload a document in
the budget justification section that states, “Not
- Participant Support, has been revised to emphasize that
indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs.
- Other, has been updated to include guidance on the
allowability of visa costs on an NSF proposal.
- Cost Sharing, has been amended to state that, for
purposes of budget preparation, the cumulative cost sharing amount
must be entered on Line M of the first year’s budget.
AAG Changes Relevant to Pre-Award at Budget
- Basic Considerations has been updated to
clarify the awardee’s responsibilities for ensuring that all
costs charged to NSF awards meet the requirements of the applicable
cost principles, grant general terms and conditions, any other
specific requirements of both the award notice and the applicable
program solicitation, and their own internal policies and
procedures. This part also has been updated to add language
on establishing an advance agreement or understanding about
charging an item of direct cost that might otherwise subsequently
- Consultant Services has been augmented
to clarify that all consultant costs should be
fully disclosed and explained in the accompanying
CURRENT & PENDING SUPPORT:
- has been modified to add that, if Current and Pending Support
information is not required, the proposer should insert text or
upload a document in this section of the proposal that states,
SPECIAL INFO/SUPPLEMENTARY DOCUMENTATION:
- Moves guidance for Letters of Support from the end of this
section where it could be overlooked and provides specific
definitions of Letters of Support, clearly differentiating them
from the requested Letters of Commitment.
- Impact: Strengthens guidance that letters of general
support/enthusiasm should not be submitted.
- Modified to clarify that, in order for NSF to comply with
federal environmental statutes (including, but not limited to, the
National Environmental Policy Act [42 U.S.C. §§ 4321, et
seq.], the National Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. §
470, et seq.], and the Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C.
§§ 1531, et seq.]), the proposer may be requested to
submit supplemental post-proposal submission information to NSF in
order that a reasonable and accurate assessment of environmental
impacts by NSF may be made.
- Proposals for Equipment has been modified to add
specific instructions for which documents are required and the
particular information they should contain, along with a useful
checklist. Impact: Provides a formal framework for the proposal
that is identical to that for a standard research proposal.
- Proposals for Conferences, Symposia and Workshops, has
been augmented to explain that such proposals should include a
description of plans to identify resources for child care and other
types of family care at the conference site to allow individuals
with family care responsibilities to attend.