Resources and Updates for New NSF PAPPG
Fall 2021

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The previously announced National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is now in effect as of October 4, 2021.

In various announcements last week, NSF provided resources and outlined the following system changes to, FastLane, and  in a summary that may be helpful. 

Webinar Now Available
NSF provided a webinar on the new PAPPG, and posted the video of the webinar on YouTube, last week on October 6, 2021.

(Please note that NSF displays an incorrect date on their video. It reads October 21, 2021, but was actually presented on September 2021). 

Significant Changes
Please see the list of PAPPG (NSF 22-1significant changes and clarifications for all of the updates. 
New Proposal Types in the PAPPG
The PAPPG (NSF 22-1) incorporates two new "Other Types of Proposals":
Planning Proposals
·         Planning proposals must be prepared and submitted in
·         Refer to PAPPG Chapter II.E.1. for Planning proposal requirements.
Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplemental Funding Requests
·         CLB supplemental funding requests must be prepared and submitted in FastLane.
·         Refer to PAPPG Chapter II.E.8. for CLB supplemental funding request requirements.
Updates to NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats
  • The NSF-approved biographical sketch and current and pending support formats were updated to incorporate revisions in the PAPPG (NSF 22-1) and must be used for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021.
  • The current formats are posted on the NSF biographical sketch and current and pending support websites. Updated system-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also available: FAQs on using SciENcv and FAQs on using NSF fillable PDF. SciENcv documents created using the previous version (i.e., NSF 20-1) prior to October 4th are automatically converted in SciENcv to the current version after October 4th.
  • Biographical sketch format updates include increasing the page limit from two to three pages.
  • Current and pending support format updates include the addition of new sections for information on objectives and overlap with other projects to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication.
  • Biographical sketches and current and pending support information also must be uploaded with Change of Principal Investigator (PI) and Add/Change co-PI requests in FastLane.
  • When notifying NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made, or since the most recent annual report, current and pending support information must be uploaded in annual and final project reports in the Project Reporting System. 
  •, FastLane, and will generate a compliance error message if a proposer or grantee attempts to upload a prior version of the biographical sketch or current and pending support formats on or after October 4th.
Removal of Blank Pages from the Current and Pending Support Fillable PDF
  •, FastLane, and will remove any pages which do not contain data entered by users (i.e., blank pages) from the NSF-approved current and pending support fillable PDF.
  • The trimming service is triggered in and FastLane during document upload and during proposal submission in
  • The trimming service only applies to the NSF-approved current and pending support fillable PDF and not to any other uploaded PDFs. Current and pending support PDFs generated in SciENcv do not include blank pages.
  • The current and pending support fillable PDF document is paginated, and the PDF page numbers will not be updated during the trimming process. This means that it is possible for the trimmed PDF to have skipped page numbers corresponding to the blank pages removed from the fillable PDF. Proposal Submission System Enhancements
  • The Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) and Planning proposal types and the Letter of Intent submission type are now available for submission in
  • New automated compliance checks and associated error and warning messages for the enabled proposal and submission types were also implemented. Error messages will prohibit proposal submission to NSF, whereas warning messages still permit proposal submission.
  • All supported proposal and submission types, as well as associated compliance checks, are also enabled in the Proposal Preparation Demo Site.
  •  New FAQs were added to the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page, and the Proposal Submission Capabilities page has been updated to reflect the latest development updates.
  • proposal features continue to expand to support the transition of all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to by a target date of December 31, 2022. Many NSF funding opportunities are supported in and clearly specify whether submission via is available or required.
 Award Terms and Conditions
Finally, please note following sets of NSF Award Terms and Conditions have been revised:
  • NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (ASR);
  • Grant General Conditions (GC-1);
  • Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC);
  • Cooperative Agreement Modifications and Supplemental Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC) for Major Multi-User Research Facility Projects and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers; and
  • Administration of NSF Conference or Group Travel Award Grant Conditions (FL 26).
The revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards made on or after October 4, 2021. 


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Proposal & Award Policy Update Webinar (PAPPG)

The NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) details NSF’s proposal preparation and submission guidelines, and provides guidance on managing and monitoring the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation. This Webinar provides an overview of significant changes and clarifications to the PAPPG that will take effect on October 4, 2021.

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