NSF Disclosure Guidance

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), version 22-1, effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after October 4, 2021.

Click HERE for a complete list of the significant changes and clarifications to the PAPPG.

Some notable changes that we want to draw your attention to:

  • Chapter II.C.2.f, Biographical SketchesPage limit has been increased to three pages
  • Chapter II.C.2.h, Current and Pending Support has been updated to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects be provided. This is to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication.

 

NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support TABLE  

This table from NSF provides helpful reference information regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections. The table identifies where these disclosures must be provided in proposals as well as in project reports.

Current and pending support information is used by the NSF to assess the capacity of the individuals to carry out the research as proposed, as well as to help assess any potential overlap/duplication with the project being proposed or awarded.

NSF Requires Specific Format for Current & Pending Support and Biosketches

Approved Formats: 

SciENcv - NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of both the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals. SciENcv will produce a NSF-compliant PDF version of these documents, which investigators can save and submit as part of their proposals via FastLane or Research.gov.  FAQs on using SciENcv

NSF Fillable PDF- NSF is providing a fillable PDF as an NSF-approved format for preparation of both the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of proposals. Proposers can download and complete the biographical sketch and current and pending support forms and then upload them as part of their proposal via FastLane or Research.gov. Links to the forms and additional information are available on the NSF biographical sketch and current and pending support websites, and in the FAQs on NSF Fillable PDF Documents.

* It is important that each researcher submitting Biographical Sketches and/or Other Support pages carefully review their own forms to assure that they are complete and accurate.   Researchers are encouraged to ask OSP for guidance if there are questions about what needs to be disclosed.  The OSP website is intended to serve as a resource, but individual scenarios can be complex or nuanced and we are happy to assist in talking through individual questions. 

 

Common Questions on NSF Current and Pending Support

 

What should be reported in current and pending support?

Current and pending support includes all resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to all of his/her research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value.  Current and pending support also includes in-kind contributions (such as office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, employees, students). In-kind contributions not intended for use on the project/proposal being proposed that have associated time commitments also must be reported.

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If an individual designated as senior personnel on a project does not have effort in a given year,
how does this relate to reporting “person months committed to the project” in current and pending
support?


The Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.h states “Current and pending
support includes all resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to all of his/her
research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value.” Senior personnel are required
to provide “the number of person-months (or partial person-months) per year to be devoted to the
project by the individual.” NSF uses the information provided to assess the capacity of the individual to
carry out the research as proposed, as well as to help assess any potential overlap/duplication with the
project being proposed.


Person-month information included in current and pending support may differ from the person-months
requested on the budget for a given project.


It is important to note that NSF is not asking for how much time is specified on the budget for a particular
individual(s); rather, for their Current and Pending Support submission, how much time the individual(s)
is/are planning to spend to complete the scope of work on the proposed project and/or award. If the
individual(s) will be spending time on the proposed project or award, then that time must be reported in
Current and Pending Support.

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How should a *PI* document effort when no salary is being requested?

If a PI or co-PI is not requesting salary support, they should be removed from the budget and their name and the estimated amount of time to be devoted to the project should be identified in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal.

 

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