New NIH Alert
NSF Proposals Refused for Non-Compliance
the pain of having your NSF proposal rejected without review for non-compliance
with new proposal standards. New changes in the grant submission process
through NSF Fastlane will render proposals non-reviewable if not fully
compliant. New automated proposal guidelines became effective January 14,
2013 and allow for no exceptions. Key changes include:
Changes to the GPG include:
3 separate text boxes for 1) the Overview, 2) Intellectual
Merit, and 3) Broader Impacts of the proposed activity. Proposals
that do not separately address the overview and both merit review criteria will
not be accepted or will be returned without review.
Proposals requiring special characters, such as mathematical symbols or Greek
letters, must upload the project summary as a Supplementary Document and
check the appropriate box. The Project Summary may only be uploaded as a
Supplementary Document if the use of special characters is necessary. Even
if the Project Summary is uploaded as a Supplemental Document, it must still
distinctly provide separate statements for 1) Overview, 2) Intellectual Merit,
and 3) Broader Impacts.
Sketch(es) – The “Publications” section has been renamed “Products”. Products
may include, but are not limited to, publications, data sets, software,
patents, and copyrights.
– If no salary is being requested for a Senior Personnel, the name(s) should be
removed from the Budget and Budget Justification. HOWEVER, the name(s) will
remain on the Cover Sheet and the role(s) on the project should be described in
the Facilities, Equipment and other Resources section of the proposal.
from Prior NSF Support – should include current NSF funding.
of Support – Letters of support to NSF are distinct from most other sponsors.
In most NSF applications, letters should not exceed one page and should be
limited to the nature of the collaboration and commitments by the collaborator.
Letters than include results are not allowed and can cause the proposal to be
returned without review.