Automated Proposal Compliance Checks for NSF Proposals, Effective July 25, 2016

A recent advisory from the NSF notes that effective July 25, 2016, all NSF proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure compliance with requirements in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2. This new series of automated compliance checks are in addition to those that were implemented in previous years.

The advisory states:

The new set of automated compliance checks will trigger error messages for each of the following rules:

  • Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required for each Senior Personnel associated with a proposal; and 
  • Biographical Sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text. 

Note About Proposal File Update (PFU):
Proposers should be aware should that if a proposal was received prior to July 25 and contained only one Biographical Sketch and/or Current & Pending Support file (rather than individual files for each senior personnel), a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these new compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

For more information, read the entire advisory on FastLane here.

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