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NSF Issues new PAPPG

The revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1) has been issued. The PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG).  The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide. 

Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided at the beginning of the PAPPG. 
 
The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.   

Webinars to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on November 7th and January 19th at 1:00 p.m. EST.  Registration is required

 

NSF Transition to Research.gov and Post-Award Change Process

As NSF continues to transition post-award functions (called Notifications and Requests) on an ongoing basis from Fastlane to Research.gov, the easiest way to process any post-award change  at U-M is by using our helpful Post-Award Change Request (PACR) Form, and your ORSP Project Representative (PR) will help you. View a table listing of Notifications and Requests that have moved. not allow principal investigators (PIs) to initiate Notifications and Requests in Research.gov (as was allowed in FastLane)unless they are given Sponsored Research Office (SRO) privileges. ORSP is looking into these changes and will provide process details as we learn more.

NSF Proposal Review Checklist 

(Updated September 2015) ORSP will check the items on this NSF Proposal Review Checklist on a standard unsolicited proposal to one of the National Science Foundation’s standing scientific programs (i.e., proposals to which the only application guideline is the above NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), provided a finalized proposal is received within ORSP’s internal deadline and Sponsored Research Office (SRO) Access has been granted in FastLane. 

FastLane Requests for a FastLane account should be directed to fastlane-admin@umich.edu.


NSF Data Analytics Audit

(May 2015) NSF announced in November 2014 that they were conducting a data analytics audit of the University of Michigan. They asked for all expenditure activity on NSF projects from 10/1/2011 – 9/30/2014. U-M Sponsored Programs sent that body of data, and NSF selected a sample of transactions to review. Sponsored Programs is working with all affected faculty and units that are part of the sample selection and will indicate what information they may be asked to provide.


FastLane Requests transitioning to Research.gov

(March 2015)

Beginning April 24, 2015, awardees will be able to create and submit three new budget-related requests on Research.gov:

  • salaries of administrative or clerical staff
  • travel costs for dependents
  • new participant support cost categories (e.g., incentives, gifts, t-shirts)

All other existing notifications and requests will continue to reside in FastLane and will be migrated in the future. Use FastLane credentials to log in to research.gov and create requests. Contact Kullie Kennedy for questions. Also, see notifications and requests informational page. Please note that requests for a FastLane account should be directed to fastlane-admin@umich.edu.

FAQs

Requests for a FastLane account should be directed to fastlane-admin@umich.edu.  

References and Resources

  • ORSP NSF Proposal Review Checklist

    Provided a finalized proposal is received within ORSP’s internal deadline and Sponsored Research Office (SRO) Access has been granted in FastLane, ORSP will check the following items on a standard unsolicited proposal to one of the National Science Foundation’s standing scientific programs (i.e., proposals to which the only application guideline is NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG):

  • NSF - Preparing a No-Cost Extension Request Grantee-Approved No Cost Extensions and NSF-approved No Cost Extensions are now in Research.gov. 
  • Notifications and Requests - A Consolidated Listing   For a full listing of all NSF notifications and requests, please see the Award & Administration Guide (AAG), Exhibit II-1.

Questions?

ORSP Primary Contacts for NSF projects

Kullie Kennedy, Project Representative, e-mail: kulliek@umich.edu
fastlane-admin@umich.edu


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