OLAW to Oversee Vertebrate Animal Welfare in NSF-Funded Studies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) oversees the welfare of vertebrate animals in NIH-funded studies.  NIH announced on August 10, 2015 that OLAW will extend its oversight of vertebrate animal welfare to studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two agencies is posted at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/mou_nsf.h

National Science Foundation Implements New Features in the FastLane System for Automated Compliance

NSF has implemented new features for automated compliance checking in the FastLane system with goals to

NSF Releases Plan for Public Access to Publications & Digital Scientific Data

Last week the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a plan to increase public access to publications and digital scientific data resulting from research it funds.  The plan is entitled, Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation.

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.



Karen M. Jensen, MBA
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University of New Hampshire
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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.



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