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2022 NSF Policy Office


The National Science Foundation hosted a webinar covering Concept Outlines at NSF on September 27, 2022. The presentation and on-demand recording are now posted in the Resource Center. If you’d like to receive information regarding the next webinar or other outreach activities, sign up to Get Notified.

Concept Outlines at NSF

Tuesday, September 27 from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST 

As part of the draft Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (23-1), NSF is introducing the Concept Outline as a new submission type. The primary purpose of the concept outline is to ensure that the concept being proposed by the prospective Principal Investigator (PI) is appropriate for the proposal type or funding opportunity, and to help reduce the administrative burden associated with the submission of a full proposal. 

Learn about Program Suitability and Proposal Concept (ProSPCT) tool which will be required for submitting and tracking concept outlines. 

The event presentation and on-demand recording are available in the Resource Center. 

Subawards: Assessment, Approval, and Monitoring

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Over the years, subawards and subrecipient monitoring have often been the subject of scrutiny at the federal level with a focus on the adequacy of oversight for large amounts of federal dollars passed through to non-federal entities under federal awards.  Through several recent audit reports and other post award activities, the National Science Foundation is noticing a trend in NSF recipients failing to obtain prior written approval from NSF for new subawards and failing to perform and document their assessment subrecipients’ risk and monitor based on the results of the risk assessment, as required by NSF award terms and conditions. During this webinar, the Resolution and Advanced Monitoring branch discussed: 1) stressing the importance of adhering to this award term and condition; 2) sharing the challenges NSF faces when this issue is identified; 3) understanding the challenges pass-through entities face with subawards and subrecipients that may contribute to non-compliance; and 4) identifying possible solutions on improving compliance and preventing disallowance of costs by NSF. The event presentation and on-demand recording are available in our Resource Center.

Current and Pending Support

The first webinar of the 2022 NSF Policy Office Webinar Series on Current and Pending Support took place on Monday, January 31, 2022The event presentation and the on-demand recording are now available in the Resource Center. NSF requires information on all current and pending support for ongoing projects and proposals. Detailed information about the content is available in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter, II.C.2.h.

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