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February 25, 2014
Effective on new awards and funding amendments issued on or after February 24, 2014, the NSF assistance-related Award Terms and Conditions have been modified.
Revisions have been made to the following documents:
- NSF Agency Specific Requirements (ASR) to the Research Terms and Conditions (RTC);
- Grant General Conditions (GC-1);
- Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC);
- Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Large Facilities;
- Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCS);
- International Research Terms and Conditions;
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grant General Conditions;
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II Grant General Conditions;
- Fixed Amount Award Conditions; and
- Administration of NSF Conference or Group Travel Grant Special Conditions (FL 26).
The revised award terms and conditions are available electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/award_conditions.jsp?org=NSF.
If you have any questions on these changes contact Justo Torres, Assistant Director, Award Management, firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 24, 2014
Please refer to the new NRSA stipend levels increase for FY2014. This increase will affect most of the budgets prepared by UNC for these agencies.
February 3, 2014
Effective February 1, 2014, NSF released a revision on their guidelines for proposal submissions to NSF. (link to PDF)
A summary of changes appear on pages 2-5 of the 2014 GPG. Of importance to note:
- Budget: Section F Participant Support Costs. Last year (GPG 2013) NSF instructed organizations that they could determine whether or not they needed to include F&A costs to Section F of the budget. At that time, UNC opted to keep Section F exempt from indirect costs. Now, NSF makes it clear, no question about it any longer. Section F is not part of the indirect cost calculation.
- Budget: Cost sharing is still prohibited unless specified on the solicitation for the program to which you are submitting. The reference to the change in cost share in the 2014 GPG refers only to those NSF proposals where cost share is listed as mandatory on the program solicitation.
- Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources: This is the section where you list all that you bring to the project that NSF will not pay for from this project’s budget, including personnel and unfunded collaborators.
- Biosketches: NSF has become very strict with compliance in the last few years. On the 2014 GPG it is noted that any additional information included in the biosketch may cause your proposal to be returned without review. Ouch! But they are serious. Please make sure that your biosketch follows the format these guidelines.
- Project Description: the 2014 GPG stresses that “Previous NSF Support” section of your project description is required if it is applicable to you or any of your senior personnel. Under this section you must list DATE, TITLE, AWARD NUMBER, $$ AMOUNT and then a separate section for BROADER IMPACTS and INTELLECTUAL MERIT. Even if your project is not NSF project has not been completed, you must include the above information for all of your funded NSF projects. Not having this information properly listed may cause the proposal to be returned w/out review.
- References Cited: something not mentioned in the new GPG, but important to note. NSF does not allow the use of the term “et al” in the references cited section. It’s allowable in the project summary and description but in references cited all author names must be spelled out completely.
If you have any questions regarding the new rules and regs, please contact OSR Pre-Award Services.