New NSF Proposal Policies

According to the 2009 “Proposal & Award Policy and Proceedures” guide released by the National Science Foundation, any new proposal that requests funding for postdoctoral researchers must include a separate section on Postdoc Mentoring that details “the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals”. All new proposals must have this or they will be returned with out review. This new requirement is part of the 2007 “America Competes Act”.

The CCPD believes this is a good thing, at least in theory. It remains to be seen how this will be put into practice.



2 responses to “New NSF Proposal Policies

  1. Gordon Thomas

    The regulation is an added complication in grant applications and does not ensure that mentoring will occur. Conscientious faculty will do it anyway, as they always have.

  2. You make a good point–there are no checks on this. In practice, this too will be more of a boiler-plate statement we have to include in our NSF proposals that will leave even less room for substantive descriptions of the science part.

    Perhaps we can propose a better idea?

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