National Science Foundation: Proposal Requirement Changes

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement the following proposal submission changes in January 2023:

Research.gov

On January 1, 2023, Research.gov will replace Fastlane for submission of all NSF proposals. Research.gov is more robust and user-friendly and features enhanced compliance checking of proposal documents. See https://www.research.gov/research-web/content/aboutpsm for more information.

Biosketches and Current and Pending Support Documents

When the 2023 version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG 23-1) is issued in January, NSF will no longer accept biosketches or current and pending support documents that use the fillable PDF form. Biosketches and current and pending support documents must be created in SciENcv. The change is due to the certification of information provided as required by the National Defense Authorization Act.

Per the draft PAPPG 23-1:

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In accordance with the FY 2021, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Section 223, senior personnel are required to certify in SciENcv that the information provided in their Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents are accurate, current, and complete. Senior personnel are required to update their Current and Pending Support disclosures prior to award, and at any subsequent time the agency determines appropriate during the term of the award. False representations may be subject to prosecution and liability pursuant to, but not limited to, 18 U.S.C. §§287, 1001, 1031 and 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733 and 3802. See additional information on NSF Disclosure Requirements in Chapter II.B.

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(a) Senior Personnel- This section of the proposal is used to assess how well qualified the individual, team, or organization is to conduct the proposed activities. A separate biographical sketch (limited to three pages) must be provided for each individual designated as senior personnel through use of SciENcv - Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the biographical sketch. Senior personnel must prepare, save, certify, and submit these documents as part of their proposal via Research.gov or Grants.gov.

Faculty and staff planning to submit NSF proposals are advised to create/update their accounts in SciENcv before January 2023. Visit https://libguides.library.kent.edu/ORCID-SciENcv for instructions or contact Yuening Zhang, STEM Librarian (yzhan121@kent.edu) for assistance.