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Revised NSF PAPPG – February 25, 2019

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Below is a link to the updated PAPPG (NSF 19-1), which is effective on February 25, 2019.

Here are a few changes that should be noted regarding proposal preparation:

  • Subawards, has been updated to clarify that the description of the work to be performed by the subaward must be included in the project description.
  • Types of Proposals, specifies that “RAPID”, “EAGER” and “RAISE” must be included in the proposal project title. The language has been updated to indicate that these proposal types are not eligible for reconsideration.
  • Proposal Font, Spacing and Margin Requirements, has been updated to specify that fonts not listed in the PAPPG may be used for mathematical formulas, equations, or when inserting Greek letters or special characters.
  • Synergistic Activities, has been revised to specify that a list should include up to five distinct examples that demonstrate the broader impact of the individual’s professional and scholarly activities that focuses on the integration and transfer of knowledge as well as its creation.

You can find a full list of significant changes and clarifications at:

If you are planning a submission to the National Science Foundation, please carefully read the update in its entirety.  Please be advised that non-compliance with these changes could result in your proposal being returned without review.

Do not hesitate to reach out to your pre-award contact with any questions or concerns.

NSF Update: New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) – Effective Date Delayed

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The implementation date for the revised NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), which was scheduled to become effective on January 28, 2019, has been delayed. NSF will post a new implementation date on the NSF website as soon as practicable. In the interim, the current version of the PAPPG (NSF 18-1) applies. (

NIH Parent Announcements

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Parent announcements are broad funding opportunity announcements allowing applicants to submit investigator-initiated applications for specific activity codes. They are open for up to 3 years and use standard due dates.

Not all NIH Institutes and Centers participate on all parent announcements. Before submitting your application, make sure the NIH Institute or Center that might be interested in your research is listed as a participating organization in the announcement.

Please note that R01 applications have three options:

PA-19-091- NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

PA-19-055- Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Required)

PA-19-056- Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

this link will take you to all the (R) Research Announcements



Partial Government Shutdown

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We are sharing an update and relevant guidance regarding the current partial federal government shutdown and its potential effects on federally funded grants and contracts.

General Information and Resources:

While many federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Education and Department of Energy, are not affected by the partial shutdown, some agencies, including National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Transportation (DoT), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)are being affected.

Please refer to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) webpage for various agency-specific contingency plans, as well as  agency-specific websites for updates regarding grants and initiatives. Some of the most relevant agency specific links for WPI researchers are below:

Guidance on Current Grants and Contracts:

In most cases, spending on current grants and contracts from an affected agency can continue, as planned, throughout their award period and budget cycle. Current grant holders should comply with any specific additional expenditure guidance they may receive from their funding agency. We also request that should you receive stop work notices from your sponsors, to please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) immediately.

However, during this shutdown period, no new funding opportunities will be announced and no new grants will be awarded by affected agencies. Unless an agency advises otherwise, recipients will be able to continue using funds already awarded, as long as activities are under the already agreed-to award budget and period, as no extensions or supplements would be processed.

Guidance on Submission of New Proposals During the Shutdown Period:

Some agencies, in particular the NSF, are still accepting proposals through online submission portals such as Fastlane and  Unless an agency has issued a specific proposal deadline extension to accommodate the shutdown, we are advising all WPI faculty and staff to assume that proposal due dates remained unchanged.

Note that personnel at federal agencies may not be available to answer questions during the federal shutdown due to staff furloughs.

Access to Federally Run Facilities:

If your work necessitates usage of a facility that is managed by an impacted agency, you may not able to access this facility during the shutdown period.

Further Information

Should you have any additional questions about how the shutdown may impact your research, please do not hesitate to contact OSP.  We will keep you posted as we learn more.


2019 NSF ENG CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

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An NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held on April 1-2, 2019, in Washington, DC. The workshop aims to provide individuals who plan to submit a CAREER Award proposal to a program in the Engineering Directorate with a CAREER proposal review experience and a forum in which they can interact with NSF program directors and recent NSF CAREER awardees.  Workshop participation is by invitation and limited to 300 participants. Participants will be selected from those who submit complete applications.

Application Deadline
January 21, 2019

Selected Applicants Receive Invitation to Join the Workshop
February 4, 2019

Click here for more details.

Research Compliance Resources

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“Research compliance” encompasses many university and sponsor policies designed to ensure that research is conducted ethically, responsibly, and in the public interest. The Office of Sponsored Programs can assist WPI faculty, staff, and students with all types research compliance issues, including Responsible Conduct of Research, Human Subjects/IRB, Animal Subjects / IACUC, Environmental Health and Safety, Research Misconduct and Financial Conflict of Interest.  Please visit our new webpage here



Heilmeier’s Catechism

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A set of questions credited to George H Heilmeier that anyone proposing a research project or product development effort should be able to answer.

  • What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
  • How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
  • What’s new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
  • Who cares? If you’re successful, what difference will it make?
  • What are the risks and the payoffs?
  • How much will it cost? How long will it take?
  • What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success?

NSF CAREER Program Webinar – May 15th

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May 15, 2018 1:00 PM  to May 15, 2018 3:00 PM


The NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee hosts a webinar to answer participants’ questions about development and submission of proposals to the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The webinar will give participants the opportunity to interact with members of the NSF-wide CAREER Coordinating Committee in a question-and-answer format.

Further details here

WPI retires Cayuse and moves to Workspace

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Beginning April 2018, WPI will be transitioning away from Cayuse for Grants.Gov proposal applications, including NIH, DOE, ONR and DOD submissions. We will instead be utilizing Workspace, which is a submission portal integrated into the website.

Workspace utilizes fillable PDFs via webform to complete your application in a simple layout. Grants.Gov has issued an extremely helpful, short YouTube series on how to register and use Workspace. We encourage you to spend about 15 minutes watching the series on Workspace functionality here. You will find workspace registration instructions attached to this post as well.

Please contact your OSP department representative with questions and further guidance.


Thank you,

The WPI OSP Pre-Award Team

Lisa, Michelle, Tammy and Orla