There are two new resources on the OSP website regarding special instructions applicable to certain types of National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals: GOALI proposals and REU supplemental funding requests. Please note that any investigator interested in applying for either type of funding should discuss their project with an NSF program officer before submitting a request. The two new pages are linked below, and can be located at any time by going to the MIT Specific Guidance on NSF portion of the OSP website: the same place you currently go to get the NSF proposal preparation checklist.
The NSF’s update effective January 30th will make GOALI proposals into a new proposal type, superceding the instructions in the Dear Colleague Letter 16-099 (July 2016). Since GOALI proposals require an industrial partner to be a co-PI, we felt it was important to emphasize that MIT and NSFs conflict of interest policies require all co-PIs to disclose their financial interests. Since most industrial organizations do not have a NSF-compliant conflict of interest policy, the industrial co-PI should be set up with a MIT Kerberos account and disclose to MIT through our COI system.
The REU supplement is one of the few programs at NSF that includes instructions for “Supplemental Funding Requests” as part of a program solicitation (NSF 13-542) Since the guidance for supplements is interspersed with the guidance regarding REU Site proposals, it can be difficult to sort out which parts are applicable. Therefore, OSP has posted streamlined guidance specifically regarding REU supplements to assist you in preparing these requests.
We hope you will find this additional guidance helpful, and as always, feel free to contact your OSP representative with any questions.