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New NSF PAPPG (Proposal & Awards Policies and Procedures Guide)

NSF has announced that the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1) PAPPG will now be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019.  Significant changes include: 


  • Addition of as an option for proposal preparation and submission, and proposal file updates; 
  • Revision of eligibility standards for unaffiliated individuals; 
  • Specification that conference proposals over $50,000 and all equipment proposals must include the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information in the proposal submission; 
  • Revision of resubmission guidelines for NSF programs that accept proposals at any time; 
  • Implementation of NSF’s policy on sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, or sexual assault; 
  • Specification that proposers are required to have a policy or code-of-conduct that addresses sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault, and that includes clear and accessible means of reporting violations of the policy or code-of-conduct.  This policy or code-of-conduct must be disseminated to conference participants prior to attendance at the conference as well as made available at the conference itself; 
  • Emphasis on the importance of training faculty in the responsible and ethical conduct of research; 
  • Incorporation of existing patent policy into the PAPPG.  This policy was previously implemented by regulation at 45 CFR 650; and 
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document. 

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.  

To learn about the changes in the revised PAPPG (NSF 19-1), please view the latest NSF Proposal & Award Policy Update webinar. 

Associated award terms and conditions (including RTC NSF Agency Specific Requirements, GC-1, and FL-26) will also be effective for proposals submitted or due, on or after, February 25, 2019. Cooperative Agreement Conditions (CA-FATC) and CA-FATC Modifications and Supplemental terms and conditions are effective for new awards and funding actions to existing awards beginning on February 12, 2019. 

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office 

Note: University of Utah specific resources can be found in the article below, entitled “University of Utah Safety and Security Resources” 

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