NSF Disclosure Guidance

NSF has developed a disclosure table as a helpful reference regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections.

Guidance from NSF regarding what/where/when to disclose

The following table identifies where disclosures must be provided in proposals and project reports. While this revised guidance does not go into effect until October 4, 2021, proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately. (Click on the table to enlarge.)

FAQs on NSF Current and Pending Support

The following FAQs have been adapted for Penn. For additional guidance see the full NSF FAQs or PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.h.

All resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to all of their research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value or whether support is provided through Penn or directly to the individual. Current and pending support includes in-kind contributions such as office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, employees, or students, even if not intended for use on the project being proposed.

Person-month information included in current and pending support may differ from the person-months requested on the budget. For the Current and Pending Support submission, NSF is asking how much time the individual is planning to spend to complete the scope of work on the proposed project regardless of whether there is budgeted effort. If the individual will be spending time on the proposed project or award, then that time must be reported in Current and Pending Support. In instances when senior personnel are not actively working on a project, only years in which they are committing time should be listed.

If a PI or co-PI is not requesting salary support, they should be removed from the budget and their name and the estimated amount of time to be devoted to the project should be identified in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal.

If you are reporting person-months that span two calendar years, you should enter the later year. For example, if your entry covers your organization’s fiscal year of June 2021 through May 2022, you would enter “2022” for the year and the number of person-months.

An individual need not identify any mentoring activities that take place as part of their regular appointment at Penn. If an external source provides support for the mentoring activity, the external support and associated time commitment should be included in the current and pending support submission.

“Research endeavors” refers to the endeavors of the individual. The current and pending support information that must be provided is all planned, pending, and current support that is either provided directly to the individual, or to the individual through Penn in support of that individual’s research endeavors. Therefore, a trainee’s research does not need to be reported.


For more information, please see:

NSF's revised Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Current and Pending Support