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NSF Proposal Review Checklist 

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)(link is external), provided a finalized proposal is received within ORSP’s internal deadline and Sponsored Research Office (SRO) Access has been granted in FastLane. 

Sponsor-specific resources related to working with the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Resources, Recent News, and Updates

National Science Foundation


Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), January 2019NSF Revised Proposal & Award Guide (PAPPG) for 2019Go

The Award Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards. 
Note that this announcement is the latest.  For reference, the most recent updates have been:

  • January 28, 2019
  • October 22, 2018
  • May 14, 2018
  • March 1, 2018

Get more information on the Award Terms & Conditions updates .


The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals 

NSF has developed a short reviewer orientation video that provides helpful tips for writing high-quality reviews. External peer reviews are an important part of the decision-making process and a crucial source of feedback to Principal Investigators. NSF encourages all reviewers to watch the orientation video, “
View https://tipsforreviewers.nsf.gov directly


Sexual Harassment FAQs


A revised set of sexualharassmenttandc@nsf.gov.

GoLink to full article.


NSF Solicitation - Partnerships for Innovation Program

A new solicitation has been released by the Partnerships for Innovation Program at NSF that may be of interest to you:

Solicitation NSF  19-506.

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

Two Submission Deadlines:

The program is moving to two annual submission deadlines in January and July, and the next deadline is January 17, 2019.

Types of PFI Proposals

PFI accepts proposals in two broad tracks:

  • PFI-TT (Technology Translation) up to $250,000 for 18 months
  • PFI-RP (Research Partnerships) up to $550,000 for 36 months

Are you interested in Applying for Funding? You can visit the new PFI website to learn if your team and technology is Eligible to apply, and for some tips on How to Design a PFI Project.

Webinars

We have organized a Q&A Webinar to assist academic innovators and their partners with proposal preparation. The final webinar is THIS WEEK. To register for a webinar, please visit the PFI Resources webpage or follow the links below:

December 13, 2018 - Registration Link
Q&A webinars for PFI Applicants 4
2:00 - 3:30 PM
GoView the full PFI solicitation.
 

Older Updates

Addressing the Definition of a "U-Year" in a Budget Justification

On January 29, when NSF issued its Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide, it noted that it is a university's responsibility to include in the Budget Justification (now limited to five (5) pages), a definition of the term "year" for the purposes of complying in a consistent manner with NSF's two-month limit on salary requested in the proposal budget for senior personnel.

In order to comply with NSF's guidance, ORSP recommends using the following:
 
"The University of Michigan uses the following definitions for the purpose of calculating the two-month limit on salary requested in the proposal budget for senior personnel: 

  • A calendar year is the 12 month period starting January 1 and ending December 31.
  • A fiscal year is the 12 month period starting July 1 and ending June 30.
  • A University Year (aka U-Year), per Sec. 5.01 of the University of Michigan's bylaws and as used in connection with appointments of members of the faculty and other personnel, contains any two terms in the calendar, as defined for the year in question."

Research.gov Fully Available April 30, 2018


Beginning April 30, 2018, proposers will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov.

The initial release of this new Research.gov capability will run in parallel with existing FastLane. Proposers can prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov or in FastLane starting on April 30, 2018. As NSF moves away from Fastlane, all proposals will be submitted via Research.gov.

ORSP will support in both submission systems during the transition. We do encourage you to take advantage of the transition period and become familiar with Research.gov before it becomes final.

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2018 PAPPG

As announced in the Winter edition of The RAP in January 2018.

The new NSF Grants.gov Application Guide has been issued and updated to align with changes to NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1).

Some of the significant changes include:  

  • Collaborators & Other Affiliations (COA) Information provided through use of COA template.
  • Project Description must now contain separate section identified as “Intellectual Merit.”
  • Budget Justification increased to no more than five pages.

GoLink to full article



Other Tips on Working with NSF

In working with NSF, the use of Research. gov is preferred. Fastlane, a predecessor to Grants.gov, is being phased out. 

Most other federal sponsors use Grants.govfor their proposals.

  • ORSP advises against using Grants.gov for proposals to NSF
  •  FastLane validations not applied in Grants.gov
  • Corrections need to be made in FastLane anyway

 

FAQs

**Beginning, March 26, 2018, new users will be able to register directly through Research.gov. Existing users in Fastlane will be migrated to the new system through a simple, one-time operation when signing in to FastLane or Research.gov after the new functionality is released. 

References and Resources

  • 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.
  • 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):

Questions?

ORSP Primary Contacts for NSF projects

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

Please note that FastLane has been the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) electronic proposal submission and award management system. To date, users have needed a user ID to access. They used to obtain that ID from ORSP. 

**Beginning, March 26, 2018, new users will be able to register directly through Research.gov. Existing users in Fastlane will be migrated to the new system through a simple, one-time operation when signing in to FastLane or Research.gov after the new functionality is released.***


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