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New NSF guidelines include change to biosketch requirements

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The National Science Foundation released its latest Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), effective for all proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020.

Among the most significant changes: NSF will now require researchers to use an NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch and current and pending support. Proposals that do not use approved formats will no longer be accepted.

Biosketches

Use of an NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG. Approved formats are:

  • SciENcv (available now): NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for preparation of the biographical sketch section of an NSF proposal. Adoption of a single, common researcher profile system for federal grants reduces administrative burden for researchers. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the biographical sketch. For more information about using SciENcv to generate an NSF-compliant biosketch, see system-related FAQs on using SciENcv.
     
  • NSF fillable PDF (coming in March 2020): NSF will provide a fillable PDF for preparation of the biographical sketch. Proposers will be able to download the form, complete the required fields and upload it as part of their proposal.

Once the PAPPG goes into effect, biosketches that are not prepared with either of these options will no longer be accepted in proposal submissions.

Current and Pending Support

Use of an NSF-approved format for current and pending support will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG. Approved formats are:

  • SciENcv (coming March 2020): NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for preparation of the current and pending support section of an NSF proposal. SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of the current and pending support format.
     
  • NSF fillable PDF (coming February 2020): NSF will provide a fillable PDF of the current and pending support format. Proposers will be able to download the form, complete the required fields and upload as part of their proposal.

Once the PAPPG goes into effect, current and pending support documents that are not prepared with either of these options will no longer be accepted in proposal submissions.

The KU Office of Research will provide a range of training activities and resources in the coming weeks to assist NSF applicants in meeting these new requirements. NSF proposers who are willing to serve as early adopters to assist in developing SciENcv training are encouraged to contact Tina Roberts at tinar@ku.edu.