Professional Development Opportunities
NSF Grants Conference
The Spring 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will be held on June 5-6, 2017 in Louisville, KY. Conference registration opens on March 30, 2017, and the registration fee is $300.
For more information, visit the conference website.
NIH Good Clinical Practice
The NIH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Social and Behavioral Research training modules and eLearning course are available at the NIH website.
The NIH Policy on GCP Training takes effect January 1.
NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter
The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at NSF produces a new quarterly publication designed to provide information about upcoming changes and clarifications to polices and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals and manage NSF awards. You can access the first issue of the newsletter on the NSF Policy Office website.
NSF has published a revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration. These FAQs accompany the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and are effective for proposals submitted or due and awards made on or after January 30, 2017.
On September 26, 2016, the National Science Foundation released FastLane updates. All proposals are subject to the new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter 11.C.2b. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The new set of compliance checks are in addition to FastLane's current compliance checks.
FastLane triggers error messages if any of the following criteria are not met:
- Biographical sketch(es) and current and pending support files are required for each senior personnel associated with a proposal
- Biographical sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text
- Project Summary text exceeds the one-page limit
- Project Summary text is entered and the user also uploads a Project Summary with Special Characters supplementary document
Proposal File Update
If a proposal was received prior to September 26, 2016 and contained only one biographical sketch and/or current and pending support file rather than individual files for each senior personnel or contained a project summary that exceeds the one-page limit, a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal being rejected if it does not comply with the new compliance checks. These checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated in during the PFU.
Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.