2024 PAPPG Changes

New NSF Proposal Requirements Taking Effect May 20, 2024

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), version 24-1, on January 22, 2024. Below are some of the most significant policy changes related to proposals submitted on or after May 20, 2024. Please refer to the updated PAPPG (NSF 24-1) for a complete list of the changes and for additional detail and contact rsp@wwu.edu if you have any questions.

  • Mentoring Plan – The Mentoring Plan component has been expanded to include graduate students. You may choose to distinguish the mentoring plan for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students if your projects includes both roles, but the limit for the Mentoring Plan is still one page. If awarded, researchers must certify that the mentee has an individual development plan (IDP) as part of the required annual report. The Kitto Graduate Hub has resources available to help meet the IDP requirement.
  • Biographical Sketch – The Biographical Sketch no longer has a page limitation, implements the new Common Disclosure form, and removes the Synergistic Activities section. NSF requires that the Biographical Sketch is created in SciENcv, which produces a pdf compliant version that can be attached to the proposal in Research.gov.
  • New Synergistic Activities Document – The Synergistic Activities section that used to be part of the Biographical Sketch must now be uploaded as a separate document.  Each individual identified as senior/key personnel must include a one-page document with up to five examples that demonstrate the broader impact of the individual’s professional and scholarly activities that focus on the creation, integration, and transfer of knowledge. This document is submitted as part of the Senior/Key personnel documents in Research.gov. 
  • Current and Pending (Other) Support – The Current and Pending Support (CPS) document implements the new Common Disclosure form.  The CPS form will continue to be created in SciENcv, which will produce a pdf compliant version that can be attached to the proposal in Research.gov.
  • Foreign Organizations – Updated guidance for justifying inclusion of a foreign organization (subaward) or foreign individual (consultant) in a proposal budget. The justification must be included in the project description section of the proposal and the box for “Funding of a Foreign Organization or Foreign Individual” must be checked on the Cover Sheet.
  • Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment Programs – guidance provided for individuals who are a party to a Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment Program. Such individuals are not eligible to serve as a Senior/Key Person on NSF proposals and awards.  This new policy is part of NSF’s implementation of the National Security Presidential Memorandum-33 (NSPM-33). Additionally, as part of the proposal submission, WWU must certify that all individuals identified as senior/key persons have been made aware of and have complied with their responsibility to certify that they are not party to a Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment Program. 
  • Projects Requiring Advanced Computing, Data, and Analysis Capabilities – Instructions were updated to say that many research projects require access to computational, data, analysis, and/or visualization resources to complete the work proposed. Typically, such resources will be noted in the proposal under Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources. For projects that require such resources at scales beyond what may be available locally, NSF supports an array of national resources. Proposals are reviewed for both their scientific and computational/data needs, as well as readiness to utilize the resources.
  • Proposal Font, Spacing, and Margin Requirements – Updated to allow for submission of proposal documents in landscape format.
  • Proposal Concept Tool (ProSPCT) – Concept Outlines are used for Planning, RAPID, EAGER and RAISE proposals and should be submitted through the ProSPCT tool. Follow the submission guidelines included in the NSF funding opportunity.