New NSF Grant Proposal Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released version 14-1 of their Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).

A general summary can be found on the MSU Office of Sponsored Programs (PDF) website. Some of the key changes concern proposal content and budgets.

Here are some key points:  

Proposal Content Type Items

Sections of the Proposal

  • The guide now contains a list of required sections for a full proposal submitted via FastLane. 
    • Clarifies that if the submission instructions do not require a section to be provided, the proposer should insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, "Not Applicable."

Budget Type Items

Participant Support Costs and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Funding

  • Clarifies that indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs and the type of costs that colleges and universities may include in this category.
  • NSF Policy reminder that indirect costs (F&A) are not allowed on REU Site or REU Supplement budgets.

Cost Sharing

  • Clarifies that for purposes of budget preparation, the cumulative cost sharing amount must be entered on Line M of the first year’s budget. Should an award be made, the cost sharing commitment, as specified on the first year’s approved budget, must be met prior to award expiration.
    • Note: only a limited number of programs require cost share and the inclusion in the proposal of voluntary committed cost share is prohibited. If applicable, the PI can include statements about available resources in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal. More information can be found on the OSP website.

Consultant Services and NSF Prior Approval Policy per the Award and Administration Guide 

  • Clarifies that all costs should be fully disclosed in the budget justification; see AAG Chapter V.A.3.b. (PDF).