New NSF Proposal Requirements

The National Science Foundation has made changes to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) to implement the recommendations of the National Science Board.  The link to the new GPG is:


Please note that proposals that do not address these requirements will be returned without review.

Some Key Changes:

  • Project Summary (II.C.2.b): “Each proposal must contain a summary of the proposed project not more than one page in length. The Project Summary consists of an overview, a statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity.”
  • FastLane has been modified to display three separate text boxes in which proposers must provide an Overview and address the “Intellectual Merit” and “Broader Impacts” of the proposed activity.  Proposals that do not separately address the overview and both merit review criteria within the one-page Project Summary will be not be accepted or will be returned without review.
  • Project Description: Section on Broader Impacts (II.C.2.d.): “The Project Description must contain, as a separate section within the narrative, a discussion of the broader impacts of the proposed activities.”
  • Project Description: Results from Prior NSF Support (II.C.2.d.iii):  ”If any PI or co-PI identified on the project has received NSF funding (including any current funding) in the past five years, information on the award(s) is required, irrespective of whether the support was directly related to the proposal or not. Funding includes not just salary support, but any funding awarded by NSF. Each PI and co-PI who has received more than one award (excluding amendments) must report on the award most closely related to the proposal. The following information must be provided: 

      1. The NSF award number, amount and period of support;
      2. The title of the project;
      3. A summary of the results of the completed work, including accomplishments, described in two separate sections, related to the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact activities supported by the award;
      4. Publications resulting from the NSF award;
      5. Evidence of research products and their availability, including, but not limited to: data, publications, samples,  physical collections, software, and models, as described in any Data Management Plan; and
      6. If the proposal is for renewed support, a description of the relation of the completed work to the proposed work.”
  • References Cited (II.C.2.e): “If there are no references cited, a statement to that effect should be included in this section of the proposal and uploaded into FastLane.”