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NSF Revisions Exclude Canada and Mexico from Domestic Travel

The National Science Foundation has issued a draft of its updated Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (draft PAPPG), which will become effective December 26, 2014.  The PAPPG, in conjunction with NSF’s Grant General Conditions, serves as the Foundation’s implementation of 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

NSF Clarifies Policy on Abstracts and Titles

Understanding that abstracts and titles serve to justify the expenditure of federal funds to a broad public audience, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued Notice No. 136 in order to clarify its policy and promote awareness.

The notice describes two major components of the NSF Abstract:

NSF Proposal Preparation - A Reminder of a Significant Change

"Beginning March 18, 2013, FastLane will enforce submission of required sections of full proposals prior to proposal submission.

National Science Foundation (NSF) FastLane System Enhancements

 

Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane System to begin automated compliance checking for all required sections of full proposals. This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)). Preliminary proposals are not affected by this system enhancement.

NSF New Grant-Submission Rules

NSF New Grant-Submission Rules - Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

From

Karen M. Jensen, MBA
Manager, Sponsored Programs Administration
University of New Hampshire
51 College Road, Durham NH 03824
E: Karen.Jensen@unh.edu

P: 603-862-2172 

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AFFECTING NSF PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND AWARD REPORTING, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 14, 2013

The National Science Foundation has issued a new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 13-1), effective for proposals submitted on or after January 14, 2013.  The PAPPG consists of two documents relating to NSF's proposal and award processes:

Critical information about NSF reporting requirements

UPDATE:  The NSF has confirmed that awardees must stop submitting project reports in FastLane as of February 1, 2013.   NSF will transfer project reporting from FastLane to Research.gov on March 18, 2013.  The transition to Research.gov requires that reporting in FastLane be frozen; so, to assist grantees with this transition, the overdue date will be extended for all project reports that are currently scheduled to become overdue between January 31 and April 30, 2013.

 

UNH Astrophysicists Create First Web-based Tool for Predicting Space Radiation Risks

Astrophysicists from UNH’s Space Science Center (SSC) have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The near real-time tool will provide critical information as preparations are made for potential future manned missions to the moon and Mars.

Associate professor of physics Nathan Schwadron of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), which houses the SSC, is the lead developer of the new web-based tool known as PREDICCS.

UNH Researchers to Create Sustainability Science-Based Afterschool Program for Rural and Indigenous Youth of New England

A multidisciplinary team led by UNH researchers will engage over 2000 rural and indigenous youth in afterschool programs across New England in which they will map sustainable practices (MSP) within their communities.

The goals of the project are to (1) strengthen the connection for youth between science and their home and community lives, and (2) research whether the program improves science achievement in traditionally underachieving groups.

NSF Awards $450,000 to UNH and Conductive Compounds Inc. for Solar Panel Innovation

UNH researchers Dale Barkey (chemical engineering) and Xiaowei Teng (chemical engineering) and their partner Don Banfield (CEO) of Conductive Compounds Inc. in Hudson, NH, recently received $450,000 from the National Science Foundation to help produce more conductive and cost-effective solar panels. The three-year grant, under the GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) program, will support the engineering of nanoparticles of silver suitable for screen-printing onto photovoltaic solar panels.

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