The National Science Foundation updates its Grant Proposal Guide every January. One of the most notable changes in the 2016 GPG has to do with how applicants will disclose their collaborators and affiliations. These disclosures help program officers avoid potential conflicts or bias in the selection of reviewers.
Before this latest revision, a list of collaborators, thesis advisers, students, was included as a section of the biosketch. All NSF proposals submitted going forward will upload a single copy document containing the names of collaborators. Instructions for what to include are very specific:
- “Collaborators and co-Editors. A list of all persons in alphabetical order (including their current organizational affiliations) who are currently, or who have been collaborators or co-authors with the individual on a project, book, article, report, abstract or paper during the 48 months preceding the submission of the proposal. Also include those individuals who are currently or have been co-editors of a journal, compendium, or conference proceedings during the 24 months preceding the submission of the proposal. If there are no collaborators or co-editors to report, this should be so indicated.
- “Graduate Advisors and Postdoctoral Sponsors. A list of the names of the individual’s own graduate advisor(s) and principal postdoctoral sponsor(s), and their current organizational affiliations, if known.
- “Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor. A list of all persons (including their organizational affiliations, if known), with whom the individual has had an association as thesis advisor. In addition, a list of all persons with whom the individual has had an association within the last five years as a postgraduate-scholar sponsor.”