Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Important Notice

November 13, 2019

Per the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), proposers should allow up to six months for programmatic review and processing (following the deadline). In addition, proposers should be aware that the NSF Division of Grants and Agreements generally makes awards within 30 days after the program division/office makes its recommendation.  

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) proposers must first register for an NSF account and add an Investigator role in to work on proposals in NSF systems. Please see the Account Management Guide "Add a New Role – Unaffiliated/Postdoctoral Fellowship Principal Investigator" section (pages 21-23) for step-by-step instructions. Additional information, including FAQs and video tutorials, is available on the Account Management webpage

Proposals in response to Program Solicitation NSF 18-584 from Unaffiliated/Postdoctoral Fellowship Investigators MUST be prepared and submitted in FastLane and cannot be submitted in 

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Eastern Time; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via SPRF Program-related questions should be directed to Josie S. Welkom, Program Director at or Lisa M. Jackson, Program Specialist at The submission of incomplete or late proposals is not permitted and will be returned without review.