NSF is currently implementing a significant change in the way Principal Investigators (PIs) (and Co-PIs) report on their NSF-funded projects. PIs will be required to submit their annual, final and interim project reports in Research.gov, NSF's modernization of Fastlane.
What does this mean for you as PI?
> Everyone who is currently registered in Fastlane can log on to Research.gov with the same login. If hyou do not remember your Fastlane User ID/Password, please contact your SPA for resetting.
> The Interface has changed for your reporting, however the actual content on the interim and final reports remain the same.
As of January 14,2013, the following changes have been made for all NSF grant submissions:
See NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for details
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 not be accepted or will be returned without review.
The Project Description must now contain, as a separate section within the narrative, a discussion of the broader impacts of the proposed activities. This section also was updated to indicate that the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact activities must be described in two separate sections in the summary of Results from Prior NSF Support.
on the Bio-Sketch format. Products may include, but are not limited to, publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights. products, whether or not related to the proposed project. Acceptable products must be citable and accessible including but not limited to publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights. Unacceptable products are unpublished documents not yet submitted for publication, invited lectures, and additional lists of products.
Letter of Commitment
Ensure that any letter you provide to a prime institution or receive from your subcontractor is one of commitment not
a general letter of support (Unless the solicitation indicates this is permitted).
Proposers should describe only those resources that are directly applicable. Proposers should include an aggregated description of the resources that the organization will provide to the project, should it be funded. Such information must be provided in this section, in lieu of other parts of the proposal (e.g., budget justification, project description). The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information.
If a principal investigator will receive no salary from a grant, the investigator's name should not appear in the proposal's budget. Rather, the investigator's contribution to the project should be discussed in the facilities form. (The investigator's name can also appear on the cover sheet.) Don't attach a dollar figure to anything discussed in the facilities section. Detailed financial information could be interpreted as voluntary cost sharing, which is not permitted in NSF grants. If for some reason you have no facilities, equipment, or resources to describe, write a brief statement to that effect on the form.
1. As of 1/1/08, the college has codified specific types of support for graduate students:
- Doctoral Research Fellowships: Includes a stipend of between $20-24K per year, with 12 credits tuition charged to the grant, matched by the college
- Graduate Assistant: Works no more than 20 hours a week and earns no less than $4000 per semester up to $19,999 per academic year.. Eligible for 6 points tuition waiver during the Academic Year only.
Part time hourly and part time professional lines may also be used to support graduate students.
2. The IRS sets rules as to who may be paid as a consultant. The determination as to whether a particular individual can be paid as a consultant or must be paid as an employee is made just prior to the start of work. There are no sponsor rules requiring that a given individual working on a project must be paid as a consultant; if an individual is determined to be an employee prior to hiring, that individual must be paid as an employee, with associated fringe benefit and indirect cost rate charges, regardless of how funds are budgeted in the grant.
Noncompliance in this area can lead to severe IRS penalties, so the Offices of the General Counsel, Purchasing and Payroll are extremely diligent in ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations.
3. The reference librarians have all been trained in the use of SPIN and the Foundation Center websites and are available to assist all TC faculty and students in searching for funding opportunities for research and other projects.