Avoid administrative return without review by following NSF PAPPG

Cover of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. Text: The National Science Foundation. Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. NSF logo. Effective Date January 30, 2017. NSF 17-1. OMB Control Number 3145-0058.

The newest version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide takes effect January 30, 2017.

Anecdotal evidence from other institutions suggests that the National  Science Foundation (NSF) is becoming more stringent in enforcing administrative compliance for proposal submissions. To avoid administrative returns without review, all researchers submitting to the NSF must carefully follow the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedure Guide (PAPPG).

It’s important to note that several new policies take effect for proposals submitted on or after January 30, 2017. OARS Director Tricia Callahan provided an overview of those changes in two posts published last year. You can find them here and here. In addition, you might find this NSF checklist provided by Arizona State University helpful.

As always, the most important thing to remember is that your OARS consultant is an expert in the PAPPG and can help ensure your proposal submissions comply with all administrative regulations. Contact Anne Schauer (513-529-3735) or Tricia Callahan (513-529-1795) if you have any questions.


Return to sender photo by Evan P. Cordes via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

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