NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 18-1)


As a reminder, the National Science Foundation has revised its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 18-1).  The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 17-1) continue to apply until January 29, 2018.  NSF will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.
 Significant changes include:

  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch campuses of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Revision of eligibility standards for foreign organizations;
  • Implementation of the standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template that has been in pilot phase since April;
  • Increase in the Budget Justification page limitation from three pages to five pages;
  • Restructuring of coverage on grantee notifications to and requests for approval from NSF, including referral to the Prior Approval Matrix on the NSF website; and
  • Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

Given the number of important revisions, the research community is strongly encouraged to review the summary of changes provided in the Significant Changes and Clarifications section of the PAPPG.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST.  Sign up to be notified when registration is available on the outreach notifications website, by selecting “All NSF Grants and Policy Outreach Events & Notifications.” 


Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs if you have any questions regarding the new NSF PAPPG.