This document provides guidance on appropriate budgeting and expenditures of sponsored funds whether from federal or non-federal sources and whether the award is directed toward research, training or other purposes.
The Research Appointment Matrix contains comprehensive information about the object codes, fringe rates and payment methods used for various research appointment types (fellows, special appointees, etc.)
Proposers must include with NSF proposals a description of the internal and external resources (both physical and personnel) that the organization and its collaborators will provide to the project, should it be funded.
If any PI or co-PI identified on the project has received NSF funding in the past five years, information on the award(s) is required. Each PI and co-PI who has received more than one award (excluding amendments) must report on the award most closely related to the proposal.
Each NSF 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.
Template to meet the requirements of the Revised Policy: Descriptions on the Use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Required in Annual Progress Reports.
This guidance document for preparing a budget justification is set up in NSF format and can be adapted to other sponsor requirements. Most sponsors require a budget narrative of some kind regardless of the budget format. A budget justification should describe the effort commitments and roles of personnel, explain how costs for non-personnel items were estimated, and establish how each item will benefit the project.