NIH and NSF Issue New Guidance

National Institutes of Health 

NIH revised their Grants Policy Statement, effective for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015. Please click here for a summary of the changes and links to the Notices.


National Science Foundation

The new NSF PAPPG (formerly GPG) will be effective January 25, 2016.  The following is a summary of the important changes:

Proposal Submission

A new application guide can be found here. This guide is effective for all proposals submitted or due on or after January 25, 2016.

Submission must be done by a user with AOR permissions. If a user has “submit” but not AOR permissions, the proposal will not be submitted.

The 5 p.m. deadline will be strictly enforced. There are no longer program-specific deadlines. 5:00:01 is now late, no exceptions. If you submit via, the proposal will still go into NSF, but the program officers will return late proposals without review.

Biographical Sketches:

•    Collaborator and other affiliation information is now submitted as a separate document under single copy documents. 
•    Biosketch remains 2 pages
•    Advice from NSF:  Give them everything they ask for, and nothing they don’t.

Results from Prior NSF Support

  • All funding from NSF with a start date within the last five years, whether related to this research or not, must be included. 

Current and pending support and Biosketches can no longer be submitted as one file; each must be uploaded individually.

Other Users and Equipment users can be uploaded as one file under supplementary documents.

Internal support for research projects now must be listed as current and pending support.

Award Administration

Notifications and Requests must also be submitted by the AOR, same as the proposal requirements.

Conference proposal costs are clarified in the new PAPPG.

Final project reports are now due 120 days from the end of the grant. This only applies to grants issued after 1/26/2016.

Publications must be posted to the Public Access Repository (PAR) for any publications resulting from an award from NSF after 1/26/2016. By putting them into PAR, they automatically populate the Annual/Final Report.