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  1. The NSF is hosting a narrated webinar on its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) new solicitation (NSF 21-550). This year S-STEM has a deadline of April 7th, 2021. 

    S-STEM potential proposers are advised to watch the narrated webinar in advance to participating in office hours with NSF program officers. 

    The webinar link and information to register for office hours can be found at the S-STEM program website:  

    The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income, talented domestic students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program wants to increase the number of low-income students who graduate and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. We encourage prospective S-STEM PIs to bookmark the program website link above, which includes the contact information for S-STEM program officers.

  2. NSF has issued a new Future Manufacturing program solicitation for 2021
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently issued the 2021 Future Manufacturing program solicitation (NSF 21-564).  For Fiscal Year 2021, the NSF seeks proposals from multidisciplinary groups of researchers to address challenges in three thrust areas: Cyber Manufacturing, Eco Manufacturing, and Biomanufacturing. Full proposals are due May 14, 2021. No Letters of Intent are required this year.

    Interested researchers can find a description of the opportunity and a link to the details on the solicitation's web page, and the full details, requirements and review criteria can be found in the solicitation itself. The NSF has also posted an overview of the Future Manufacturing awards made in 2020. If you have questions after reading this material, please submit them to

  3. If you are interested in applying for an SBIR/STTR federal grant and want feedback on your proposal plan, Launch Tennessee is hosting a virtual opportunity to speak with two commercialization experts, Mr. Earle Hager and Dr. Jim Stefansic on Wednesday, April 7.  Click here to register for a session with Mr. Hager.  Click here to register for a session with Dr. Stefansic.  

  4. VentureWell is hosting two informational webinars at 2 p.m. (central time) on April 6 and 19 for those interested in the current Faculty Grants opportunities.  Visit the Venturewell website for more information.  

  5. NIH announces upcoming changes to biographical sketch and the other support documents, effective May 25.  Summary of changes:
    Biosketches (Biosketch resources)
    1.  Section B, Positions and Honors, has been renamed Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors.  Entries should be in reverse chronological order.
    2.  Non-fellowship Biosketch: Section D has been removed.
    3.  Fellowship Biosketch: Section D has been updated to simply say Scholastic Performance.
    4.  Ongoing and completed research projects now goes in the part A. Personal Statement. NIH has provided a sample biosketch (Word document). 
    Other Support (usually for part of the JIT document requirement)
    1.  Funding and in-kind support are now separate
    2.  Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their Other Support section as a PDF prior to submission
    3.  Undisclosed Other Support must be immediately reported.
    4.  Copies "of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution as supporting documentation. If they are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies."

  6. The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Chemical Engineering Department are hosting Tech Alum David Nicholas, CEO of Earth Science Laboratories in Rogers, Arkansas, at 11 a.m., Thurs., Apr. 29, in Room 113 of the Stonecipher Lecture Hall (SLH).  Nicholas will be discussing ESL’s research and development ventures.  ESL has found that a unique chemical composition accounted for many distinctive features of its products and is now the basis of the company’s rapidly growing technology platform.  The primary acid comprising the company’s chemical composition is a polymeric arrangement of ammonium bisulfate, or PABS.  The PABS has multiple unique characteristics that provide for specific benefits in water treatment, agriculture, metal plating, battery electrolytes, pharmaceuticals, and more.  ESL is exploring opportunities for collaborative research as the company sees many opportunities for the chemistry that are outside its founding expertise in water treatment.

  7. CADRE will host two NSF-led informational webinars on DRK-12 Solicitation 20-572 on July 7 and July 22 at 4 PM ET.  If you are planning to submit a DRK-12 proposal (deadline October 6, 2021), NSF encourages you to register and attend.  

    Important Notices:
    - Proposal must be submitted using or  For more information on using, watch this webinar recording
    - NSF issued a new Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).  It should be used for proposals due on or after October 4, 2021, which includes DRK-12 proposals. 

    Find the above resources (and more) in the NSF Proposal Toolkit.  If you are preparing a DRK-12 proposal for the first time, find guidance in the Proposal Development Timeline. 

  8. Effective Oct. 13, 2020, the National Park Service has implemented a department-wide financial assistance system transition to GrantSolutions. Please see the attached email for more information and the changes that will apply to all cooperative agreements and task agreements. 

  9. NSF is excited to announce the new INTERN NSF DCL 21-013, which provides funding for non-academic internships to all NSF-supported graduate students, including those supported by the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  For more information, visit the NSF website.  

  10. NSF Issues Updates to the Research Performance Progress Report Effective Oct. 5Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will enhance the Project Reporting System in to implement the revised Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The RPPR is a uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally funded research projects and research-related activities. NSF awardees use the RPPR to prepare and submit annual and final project reports to NSF. Further details about the RPPR can be found on the About Project Reports website.

    Click here for the complete announcement.

  11. NSF Recently Released FAQs1.  Proposal preparation and award administration related to the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1)

  12. NSF MRI awards

  13. The FDP-OMB has issued revisions to 2 CFR § 200.216 and 200.340, effective Aug. 13, 2020.  Further updates will be posted later in relation to the guidelines that were revised effective Nov. 12, 2020.  Please see the Uniform Guidance Revisions document attached here for more information.  

  14. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be hosting its first-ever Virtual Grants Conference during the weeks of November 16 and November 30, 2020. 
    Registration will be free and opens on Thursday, Oct. 29, at noon, EST.  To register for this conference, please visit the conference website on Oct. 29.  In the meantime, feel free to check the website for the agenda and other information about the virtual conference. 

    For those who cannot attend the live conference, all conference sessions will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the event. 

    If you have any questions, please send an email to 

  15. Office of Research involved in Research 101 Workshops:  The Office of Research is collaborating with the Office of Grant Accounting and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning to host a Research 101 workshop series this fall.  Topics will include a sponsored projects overview, tips for finding funding and best practices in proposal development and management.  For more information, visit the CITL website or email Jamie Murdock.   

  16. NSF has cancelled its in-person Fall 2020 NSF Grants Conference that was to be held in October in San Antonio, Texas.  The conference will now be held in virtual format in the November-December timeframe.  To be signed up for notifications when the 2020 Virtual Grants Conference dates are announced, please click here.  Check for the most up-to-date information, and view recordings of sessions from last year's event.  For questions, please contact  

  17. NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)  
    The revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF20-1) is now effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. 

  18. NSF Announces Deadline and Webinars for Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

  19. NSF Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-26, "Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applications of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Due to Loss of Operations" (June 18, 2020)

  20. NSF remains committed to working with the Administration, other federal agencies, and the research community to effectively respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. This guidance is to implement updated guidance authorized by OMB Memorandum M-20-26 for recipients affected by COVID-19. The guidance extends two of the short-term administrative relief from specific requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising accountability requirements. These extensions, that go beyond what OMB previously outlined in Memorandum M-20-17, specifically pertain to the allowability of salaries and other project activities and single audit submission. In order to support charges against NSF awards, recipients are reminded of their responsibility to maintain appropriate records and documentation to support the charges in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. OMB Memoranda M-20-17 and M-20-20 have been rescinded.

  21. The National Science Foundation has issued Important Notice No 146 to the Community Regarding COVID-19. NSF has implemented flexibilities authorized by OMB from specific administrative, financial management and audit requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards without compromising accountability requirements.

    Any questions about the policies described in the NSF Guidance should be directed to Questions specific to a particular award should be directed to the cognizant NSF Program Officer. NSF is working to update existing FAQs and other resources to reflect new guidance and will keep you informed on its website at: 

  22. Council on Governmental Relations Releases Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources

  23. Current and Pending Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (LINK TO FAQS NO LONGER VALID) that accompany the revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), effective June 1, 2020.

  24. NSF Approves NIH's SciENcv Format for Biosketches

  25. Increase to the Simplified Acquisition and Micropurchase Thresholds by the Office of Management and Budget

  26. Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Postponed:
    Selection of the 2020 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Awards has been postponed until Fall 2020 due to budgetary concerns related to COVID-19.  ORAU recognizes the distinction of these awards, and is committed to continuing the program to the extent funding allows this fiscal year  At this time, the timeline for 2021 awards has not been impacted. 

  27. NSF Announces Deadlines for Graduate Research Fellowship Program Applications
    The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of eligible individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.  Applications for this program are submitted directly by the student in the GRFP Application Module (; however, we ask that students planning to apply contact Jamie Murdock at ( so we can ensure that all applicable internal paperwork is prepared prior to submission.  For eligibility and other program information, visit the program page at

    Further information:  Program SolicitationFAQsProgram and Application Process Details

  28. NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
    2019 Guide


  29. NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)  
    2018 Guide 

  30. Tennessee State University Hosted NSF Day Feb. 22
    Slides from Event: Agenda | Evaluation | NSF Acronyms List | Slides | Speaker Bios

  31. NSF Directorate for Engineering Removes Deadline Restrictions on Unsolicited Core Program Proposals (8/15/18) 
     1. FAQs
    2.  Colleague Letter

  32. NSF Publishes Latest "Proposal and Award Policy" newsletter

  33. NSF Releases Its Formal Methods in the Field Solicitation

  34. NSF Posts Prospective New Awardee Guide

  35. Grant Administration Bootcamp Presentation

  36. InfoEd SPIN and Training

  37. New NIH Policy on proposal resubmissions (04/21)

  38. NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide Changing Effective January 30, 2017 (proposals prior to January 30, 2017 will follow the current guidelines, NSF 16-1). | New Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, Effective January 30, 2017).

  39. NSF Announces Public Access, Project Reporting, Salary Rebudgeting Guidelines

  40. NSF Communication about Automated Compliance Checking and Proposal Submission

  41. NSF Headquarters Moving to Alexandria, Virginia May Cause Delayed Response Times (August-October, 2017)

  42. NSF Password Changes

  43. OMB Uniform Guidance: Major Changes and Impacts | Huron Consulting

  44. Semi-Annual NSF Grants Conference (2017) (Historical Webcasts and Current Presentations)

  45. Significant Changes and Clarifications to the PAPPG

  46. TTU now subscribes to CITI for compliance education training.

  47. TTU Visit to NSF

  48. Faculty Forum on Emerging Issues and Sponsored Programs: The following is information from the Faculty Forum.
    Faculty Forum Handout Packet 2016 | PowerPoint Presentation

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