New NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF 19-1)


Due to the recent lapse in appropriations, implementation of the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1) was postponed. We are pleased to announce that the revised 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. 


While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on February 25, 2019, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 18-1) continue to apply.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG was held on November 27th.  The recording and slides from the webinar can be viewed at


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.

The Office of Sponsored Programs discussed some of the significant changes as part of the Sponsored Programs New Developments and Important Reminders workshop held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 9am in 129 Himes.  A copy of the presentation can be found at


Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs if you have any questions.