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NSF Updates

Data Management Plan 

A data management plan must be submitted as a   Supplementary Document effective for proposals submitted after January 18, 2011.   The plan should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on   dissemination and sharing of research results. This includes plans to archive   and store project data after the conclusion of the project (generally in a   nationally-recognized, publicly accessible data repository), and to archive and   store collected research samples, as appropriate. Standards and expectations   vary by discipline, and the potential need to collect archive samples during   research may also impact the sampling design and budget. Thus, discussions with   the program officer early in the proposal development stage are recommended. The   CCU Grants Office can also assist with questions. A valid plan may include only   the statement that no detailed plan is needed as long as a clear justification   is provided. Except when specified in a solicitation, the plan must not exceed   two pages. Proposers who feel the plan will not fit in the 2 page limit may use   part of the 15 page Project Description for additional Data Management   information. The plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit and/or   broader impacts of the proposal. Sample and FAQ's available: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp

An example of the data and sample management policies from the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences can be found here.

Responsible Conduct of Research


Institution must certify it has a plan in place to provide   appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of   research http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rcr.jsp.

Project Outcomes Report for the General Public

Effective for new awards and funding amendments to existing awards made on or after June 4, 2010.  PI's must prepare a brief summary (200 to 800 words) specifically for the public on the nature and outcomes of the award.

The report should contain outcomes/findings which address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the NSF-funded activity and any products (data sets, collections, software) resulting from the award should be listed. This report is prepared and submitted by the PI via Research.gov (not reviewed or approved by NSF).

Reports should not contain: confidential or proprietary business information; unpublished conclusions or data that could compromise ability to publish results; invention disclosures that may adversely affect patent rights; private, personally identifiable information.

You can view frequently asked questions and a sample project outcomes report: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/porfaqs.jsp

Revised   Cost Sharing Policy

In response to statutory requirements and as recommend by the National Science Board, NSF has implemented mandatory cost sharing for the following programs (to be identified on line M of the approved budget):

  * Major Research Implementation Program
  * Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
  * Engineering Research Centers
  * Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers
  * Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

Inclusion of voluntary committed cost share is prohibited in NSF solicited and unsolicited proposals; to be included, voluntary, uncommitted cost share must meet all of the standards of 2CFR  215.23

  The Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources form should be used to provide a comprehensive description of the physical and personnel resources necessary for and available to the project without reference to cost, date of acquisition, or whether the resources are currently available or would be provided upon receipt of the grant award. The policy and FAQ's can be viewed: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/index.jsp.

Primary   Place of Performance

Proposers are now required to enter a Primary Place of Performance. This information was previously derived from the proposing organizations' data, is based upon FFATA requirements, proposals are validated by zip + 4 codes against USPS codes to ensure correct location. Proposals failing validation cannot be submitted. 

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