Updated NSF Guideline Clarified - 03/3/09

The National Science Foundation has revised its proposal guidelines. Beginning April 6, proposals requesting NSF funding for postdoctoral researchers must limit the description of mentoring activities to a maximum of one page.

As a clarification to the Feb. 24 Business @ Purdue News article that announced the updated NSF guidelines, the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide states:

“Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan. Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. In no more than one page, the mentoring plan must describe the mentoring that will be provided to all postdoctoral researchers supported by the project, irrespective of whether they reside at the submitting organization, any subawardee organization, or at any organization participating in a simultaneously submitted collaborative project. Proposers are advised that the mentoring plan may not be used to circumvent the 15-page project description limitation. See GPG Chapter II.D.4 for additional information on collaborative proposals.”

Additionally, NSF has clarified that the lead institution submitting a proposal should consolidate information from subcontractors when describing the post doctoral mentoring activities.
More details can be found on the National Science Foundation Web site.