Summarized and highlighted top frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the new NSF Biographical Sketch and Current & Pending Forms implemented in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1)
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Biographical Sketch FAQs
Current and Pending Support FAQs
Background: Current and Pending Support Forms are required for all Senior Personnel included in the proposal. For additional information on completing Current and Pending Support Forms, see the OSP Current and Pending/Other Support Requirements by Sponsor web page. A separate set of FAQs related to current and pending support is available on the NSF website.
Do I report gifts in [the] current and pending support [form]?
- [No if ->] If an item or service meets the definition of a gift, it is not reported.
- A gift includes any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, license, special access, equipment time, samples, research data, or other item having monetary value.
- A gift also includes services as well as gifts of training, transportation, local travel, lodging, meals, research hours, whether provided in-kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has occurred.
- A gift by definition is given without expectation of anything in return.
- [Yes if ->] An item or service given with the **expectation** of an associated time commitment is not a gift and **is instead an in-kind contribution** and must be reported to NSF.
- If the in-kind contribution is not intended for use on the project/proposal being proposed to NSF but has an associated time commitment, the information must be included as part of the current and pending support section of the proposal.
- If the in-kind contribution is intended for use on the project/proposal being proposed to NSF, the information must be included as part of the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal and need not be replicated in the individual’s current and pending support submission.
If an individual designated as senior personnel on a project does not have effort in a given year, how does this relate to reporting “person months committed to the project” in [the] current and pending support [form]?
- The Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.h states “Current and pending support includes all resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to all of his/her research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value.”
- Senior personnel are required to provide “the number of person-months (or partial person- months) per year to be devoted to the project by the individual.”
- NSF uses the information provided to assess the capacity of investigators to carry out the research as proposed and to help assess any potential overlap with the project being proposed.
- Person-month information included in current and pending support may differ from the person-months requested on the budget for a given project.
- The information contained on the budget is separate and distinct from the information entered on current and pending support regarding how much time the individual is or is planning or has committed to spend on a project.
- For example, if an individual is not requesting salary for a project, then no **person-months** would be shown on the budget.
- They would, however, be expending effort on the project and therefore, a **number greater than zero must be entered in Current & Pending Support [form].**
- If the individual is not requesting salary **and** will not be expending any effort [on the project], then the project should not be reported in Current & Pending Support [form].