GRIP Agency Webinar Opportunities

Dear Fellows and Coordinating Officials,

Four of our federal agency partners are offering agency GRIP webinars for NSF Fellows about the Graduate Research Internship Program opportunities available in their agencies.  The webinars should be of interest to Fellows planning to apply this year.  Please refer to the email we sent you on October 17, 2017 for details about GRIP.  If you would like a copy of the informational GROW-GRIP Webinar we presented to Fellows Oct 30/Nov 1, please ask your Coordinating Official for a copy (all COs received a PDF of the presentation).

We hope you will consider taking advantage of these professional development opportunities offered by our partner agencies!


  1. GRIP opportunities available at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Time

Hear about GRIP opportunities in NOAA mission fields, including marine and atmospheric sciences, climate, environmental science and related opportunities.

Click here to attend the Adobe Connect webinar. Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room.


  1. GRIP opportunities available at USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)


Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm, Eastern Time

Click here to attend the WebEx meeting.

Meeting number: 713 174 479

Join by phone: 703-648-6647        Code: 70171 202#


  1. GRIP opportunities available at the Office of Naval Research (ONR)

ONR & NSF GRIP Webinar

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Time

Details to follow.


  1. GRIP opportunities available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Eastern Time

Overview of EPA GRIP opportunities for NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Click here to attend the Adobe Connect webinar.

Conference Number:

Reservationless Plus: 18662993188, access 2025647667


Important Information and Revisions in the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

New guidelines issued by NSF still limit the number of submissions per institution to three. However, they are no longer distinguishing Acquisition and Development. With this round, institutions are permitted up to two submissions requesting between $100,000 to less than $1 million from NSF (Track I), and no more than one submission requesting between $1 million up to and including $4 million from NSF (Track II). Proposal submissions within the two tracks may be either for acquisition or development of a research instrument.

NSF strongly values MRI proposals that seek to develop next-generation research instruments that open new frontiers of research. As a result the MRI program seeks to support development proposals in numbers (i.e., up to 1/3 of awards) consistent with recent competitions, depending on the numbers and quality of the proposals.

Click here for more information.

AEROSPACE UPDATES AND OPPORTUNITIES: UAVs, ITAR compliance, NASA technology updates, research funding opportunities, and more!

November 29, 2017

Hosted by the Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering, NEOTEC, and the Ohio Aerospace Institute


Event Information

UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicles) and PAV (Personal Air Vehicles) present unique opportunities for Ohio companies. The supply chain of this growing segment within the aerospace and defense industries requires that companies clearly understand its requirements, the applications where their products may be used, and the ITAR and EAR export regulations to supply military industries in other countries. This seminar will focus on potential opportunities for businesses in our region, funding programs to support related R&D activities as well as partnership programs with university and federal research labs that can help companies develop suitable products for the aerospace industry. The event will also include information on how NASA can assist in the development of UAVs and PAVs as well as in-depth training on ITAR regulations applicable to those vehicles.



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Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 18-1)

We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018.  Significant changes include:

  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch campuses of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Revision of eligibility standards for foreign organizations;
  • Implementation of the standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template that has been in pilot phase since April;
  • Increase in the Budget Justification page limitation from three pages to five pages;
  • Restructuring of coverage on grantee notifications to and requests for approval from NSF, including referral to the Prior Approval Matrix available on the NSF website; and
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document.

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2PM EST.  Sign up to be notified when registration is available on the outreach notifications website, by selecting “All NSF Grants and Policy Outreach Events & Notifications.”

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 29, 2018, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 17-1) continue to apply.  We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by e-mail to

Ohio Fighting the Good Fight: Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

Ohio is looking for new ideas to be brought to the fight against drug abuse and addiction through the launch of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge. This global challenge is seeking new approaches and technology solutions whether they be from regular citizens or researchers and scientists. “Whether you’re a medical or healthcare expert, or simply a concerned citizen, we are calling on everyone to be part of the solution.”

Click here for more information and to submit your ideas.

Click here for the OOTC October 18, 2017 Launch Day agenda.