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NSF Stresses the Importance of Compliant Proposals

A Dear Colleague letter was recently sent out by an NSF division regarding submission of non-compliant proposals. In that letter, they stated that 10% of proposals were “returned without review” last year because they did not follow the NSF Grant Proposal Guidelines. The letter urged all PIs to review the NSF 15-1 guidelines to make sure their proposals were compliant.

The Office of Sponsored Programs works hard to review proposals to make sure they are prepared in accordance with all sponsored policies/requirements. In order for us to be effective, OSP needs an appropriate amount of time to conduct those reviews. Please take a moment to review UT’s Proposal Submission Deadlines so we can make sure that your proposal is not “returned without review” due to non-compliance.

If you have any questions about proposal guidelines or the internal submission deadline, please contact us as OSP@utk.edu.