NSF Update: New proposal checklist for GPG 16-1

January 2016

As announced in October, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released updated guidance which will be effective for proposals due on or after Monday January 25. Therefore, OSP has updated our guidance related to proposal preparation. Please find attached a copy of the updated Proposal Preparation checklist. This checklist will be applicable to proposals submitted to deadlines on or after Monday January 25, 2016, and will be available on the OSP website soon.

The NSF Fastlane system will be updated to comply with these new policies, and any proposals in Fastlane as of January 22nd but not submitted should be double checked after the 25th to make sure the system updates have not introduced any new validation warnings.

Top Changes under GPG 16-1
The most significant changes to how MIT prepares NSF proposals are as follows:

  • Collaborators and Other affiliations is no longer part of the Biographical Sketch format. This list must now be uploaded as a Single Copy Document, and is not shared with reviewers.
  • Commitment letters for unfunded collaborations now have a recommended template; as always, letters of support are not allowed for NSF proposals.
  • The Current and Pending support list must include all funding in support of a specific project, even if it comes from internal MIT sources.
  • Universal Resource Locators (URLs) must not be included in the Project description. Previously URLs were “strongly discouraged.”
  • A separate section in the Project Description must be labeled “Broader Impacts” (and not “Broader Impacts of the Proposed Work”, as in GPG 15-1). This is distinct from the requirement to include separate subheadings for “Broader Impacts” and “Intellectual Merits” in “Results from Prior NSF Support”

Award administration guidance, award general terms, and submission instructions for Grants.Gov have also been updated. These updates are all effective as of 1/26/16:

As always, if you have any questions about NSF or any other sponsor’s policy, please feel free to contact the OSP Contract Administrator for your DLC.