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Monday, January 25, 2010

Important NSF Announcement re: Postdoc Monitoring

Jean Feldman, Head of the Policy Office in the Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management at the National Science Foundation stated today at the Federal Demonstration Project meeting that the new requirement for including a section on POSTDOC MENTORING in new applications is to be taken very seriously. Since it is part of the America Competes Act, NSF feels that it has no latitude to make exceptions. NSF has noted very poor compliance with the new requirement. Therefore, NSF is going to reject proposals that don't include the required section and there will be no opportunity to correct the proposal no matter what stage of review.

1 comment:

  1. The only exception that I find to the RCR requirement is the following:

    Does NSF require that individuals who receive NSF scholarships or stipends through,
    for example, the NSF S-STEM or Noyce programs receive RCR training?
    No, students who receive only scholarship or stipend support to enroll in an academic
    program through such NSF programs as S-STEM and Noyce are not required to receive
    RCR training. However, students must take RCR training if they receive NSF scholarship or
    stipend support to engage in research, or if conducting research is included in their
    academic program. See the FAQ at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=rcrfaq