Updates & Alerts
NSF FASTLANE Advisories
Research.gov Project Reports Webinar : This is the powerpoint presentation used in the Research.gov webinars to explain the reason and process for PI's to submit of all annual, interim and final reports starting Feb 1, 2013.
Project Outcomes Report: New NSF reporting rules requires the submission of a Project Outcomes Report for the General Public. This is a new final report that is submitted in addition to your final project report for any awards made or existing awards that receive funding increments or supplements on or after January 4, 2010.
The Project Outcomes Report serves as a brief summary, prepared specifically for the public, of the nature and outcomes of your NSF-funded project. The report must be submitted within 90 days after the expiration date of any project.
You are required to prepare and submit your report using Research.gov. Log in as an NSF User with your NSF ID to get started. Delays in the submission of the Project Outcomes Report may result in funding and other delays in the administration of this and other awards. Be advised that failure to submit Project Outcomes Reports will impede your ability to receive new funding.
This report will be posted on Research.gov exactly as it is submitted and will be accompanied by the following disclaimer:
"This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content." " posted 8/1/12
Merit Review Criteria:Important Notice 132, Implementation of Revised National Science Board-approved Merit Review Criteria : posted 3/27/12
Revised Terms and Conditions posted 1/31/12
NSF Data Management policy site for each directorate. posted 5/16/11
NSF FAQ's on revised cost sharing policy posted 1/13/11
NSF "voluntary" cost share policy for PUI's as Jan 18, 2011 posted 12/7/10
PUI's are no longer allowed to include voluntary cost share (in-kind, financial or personnel) for the proposed project on the budget justification. Any reference to such costs must be included on the "Facilities, Equipment & Other Resources" page and must not reference cost, date of acquisition or whether the resources are currently available or would be provided upon receipt of the grant.
NSF Data Management Plan Requirements posted 12/3/10
Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation.
NSF 2011 Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Released
Significant changes: Chapter II.C.2.a, Cover Sheet, has been revised for consistency with the requirements of the Federal Funding & Accountability Act, to replace the Performing/Research Organization information with Project/Performance Site Primary Location information. This change already has been made on a government-wide basis in the SF 424 family of forms. If the project will be performed at a location other than the awardee, additional geographic information must be provided. posted 10/1/10
Chapter II.C.2.j, Special Information and Supplementary Documentation, contains a clarification of NSF’s long standing data policy. All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans. Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. Cross-references are included in the Project Description section (II.C.2.d), the Results from Prior NSF Support (II.C.2.d(iii)), Proposals for Conferences, Symposia and Workshops (II.D.8), and the Proposal Preparation Checklist (Exhibit II-1). The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal or both.
Chapter II.C.2.g(xi), Cost Sharing, has been revised to implement the National Science Board’s recommendations regarding cost sharing. Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited, Awardees are informed, however, that they remain subject to the OMB A-21 Clarification memo regarding committing and tracking faculty effort (see footnote 22). In order to assess the scope of the project, all organizational resources necessary for the project must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section (II.C.2.i). The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information. Mandatory cost sharing will only be required when explicitly authorized by the NSF Director.
NSF Chemistry Best Practices for Writing and Formatting Highlights. NSF Chemistry Division is requiring awardees to send one-slide summaries of significant advances or activities, suitable for presentation to the general public or to our Executive and Congressional funders.
NSF Funding Requires Responsible Conduct Research (RCR) & Ethics Training - ORI newsletter Volume 15, no.4 Sept 2007
NIH Nexus Newsletter - March 2013
NIH eRACommons "LikeThis" - posted 8/9/12
"A thesaurus-based search tool that allows you to find similar funded projects and publications. You can enter scientific text or select one of your assigned projects to retrieve a listing of similar funded projects and/or publications. In addition, a list of scientific terms with synonyms and scaled weights is generated based off of your scientific text. You can enter scientific text or select one of your projects to retrieve a listing of similar funded projects and/or publications."
NIH Policy Changes - Summary Page - posted 2/3/11
NIH Policy Updates
NEH Launches New Online Database
Recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) unveiled a new Funded Projects Query Form that allows visitors to search online for information on all projects funded by NEH since 1980. The form is accessible from the NEH homepage or directly at https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx. The database will be updated quarterly after new awards are made. The form has been made available as a part of NEH’s transparency efforts.
Visitors can explore the database using a variety of search terms including project director name, key words, organization, state, and award date range. Searches can also be narrowed by grant program, division, and several other fields. Search results provide project title, recipient, and award amount information. A document with answers to frequently asked questions can be found at www.neh.gov/grants/FundedProjectsFaqs.html posted 11-6-09