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Education Announcements
New NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Released


A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) has been issued.  The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to NSF's proposal and award process and consists of the:

(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and

(b)Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.

This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted,or due, on or after January 14, 2013.  Significant changes include:

  • Revisions to the NSF Merit Review Criteria which implement the National Science Board's (NSB) recommendations.  Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals.  Annual and final reports also will be affected;
  • Revision of the Biographical Sketch(es) instructions to rename the "Publications" section to "Products" and amend terminology and instructions accordingly;
  • Clarification on indirect costs specifying that, except as noted in the PAPPG or a program solicitation, organizations must use the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate;
  • Modification of Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of proposals to assist proposers in complying with the NSF cost sharing policy;
  • Additional proposal certifications must be submitted by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) covering organizational support of the proposed research, tax obligations/liability and felony convictions; and
  • Numerous other clarifications also have been made throughout the document.

A by-chapter summary of the changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide to assist with identifying the changes.  

Important Information regarding PHS FCOI requirements now posted on the Research Compliance Website

Effective August 24, 2012, the Public Health Service (PHS) requires institutions applying for or receiving PHS research funding by means of a grant, cooperative agreement or contract to be in compliance with the following new regulations: “Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought & Responsible Prospective Contractors.” These regulations are commonly referred to as the “FCOI Regulations.” The purpose of the FCOI Regulations is to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research performed under PHS grants, cooperative agreements or contracts will be free from bias resulting from investigator financial conflicts of interest.

 This site is intended to serve as a resource for faculty, staff and students by providing timely and relevant information related to sponsored programs. The site will be updated as new programs and educational opportunities are made available.

Current Educational Opportunities

Office of Sponsored Programs Certification Class - Student and Instructor access

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Auburn University has contracted with CITI to provide a number of web-based training modules including those for the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Export Control, Conflict of Interest (COI) and for individuals involved in activities involving the use of human subjects. For information and FAQs regarding these training requirements, information is provided by the Office of Research Compliance at the following link:

Fiscal Year 2013 Proposal Investigators

Tiger Tips

Tiger Tips is a short article that provides guidance on a specific topic of interest each month.

Research Development and Grantwriting News

This monthly newsletter is published by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC and Auburn University maintains an annual subscription. Please note that this subscription is only available for Auburn University faculty, staff and students with a valid user ID.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2014 Brown Bag Seminars

NSF Grants Conferences


Auburn University 2013 Principal Investigator Handbook

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) serves its members and advances the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.

    The Society of Research Administrators International    is dedicated to the education and professional development of research administrators working in varied organizational settings as well as the advancement of research administration as a profession around the world.

    If we can be of assistance, do not hesitate to contact us! 

Tony Ventimiglia, Associate Director of Education and Communication

Bob Holm, Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs Education

 Marc Haon, Research Services Advisor II




Last Updated: 1/13/2014