Trans-NSF Recovery Act Reasearch Support

To provide support for projects/initiatives funded under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

These projects will provide economic stimulus to the nation while furthering the NSF mission to promote the progress of science; [and] to advance the national health, prosperity,
and welfare by supporting research and education in all fields of science and engineering.

The projects/initiatives include support of research grants in the following disciplines; biological sciences; computer and information science and engineering; engineering; geosciences; math and physical sciences; social, behavioral and economic sciences; education and human resources.

Basic research in multidisciplinary areas related to these disciplines is especially encouraged.

In addition, the program supports basic research in the Arctic and Antarctic and coordinates and supports the acquisition, development and provision of state-of -the-art cyberinfrastructure resources.

Support is also provided for state-of-the-art user facilities in the above disciplines; undergraduate student research; faculty enhancement; curriculum development; instrumentation; laboratory improvement; and for research opportunities for women, minority, and disabled scientists and engineers.

Agency - National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is an independent Federal agency created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. The NSF annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, Federally-supported college and university research.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Csu Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation $ 540,621   2009-06-012015-09-30
Drexel University $ 5,999,997   2010-07-012015-06-30
Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania, The $ 1,392,318   2009-07-012015-06-30
Florida International University $ 2,939,515   2010-06-012015-05-31
California State University Fresno Foundation Inc $ 1,500,000   2009-06-012015-05-31
Oregon State University $ 1,500,000   2009-06-012015-05-31
Stephen F Austin State University $ 1,494,187   2009-06-012015-05-31
Trustees Of Boston University $ 1,500,000   2009-06-152015-05-31
Trinity University $ 1,487,725   2009-06-012015-05-31
American University, The $ 1,498,042   2009-06-012015-05-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for paying costs necessary to conduct research or studies, such as salaries and wages, permanent equipment, expendable materials and supplies, travel, participant support; publication costs, and other direct and indirect costs.

Primary responsibility for general supervision of all grant activities rests with the grantee institution; the principal investigator is responsible for the scientific work.

Funds may not be used for purposes other than those specified in the proposal.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



Proposals must be signed electronically by an official authorized to commit the institution or organization in business and financial affairs and who can commit the organization to certain proposal certifications. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for colleges and universities and A-122 for nonprofit organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. By electronic submission via FastLane or of a formal proposal describing the research or study to be undertaken. Guidelines are contained in the NSF publication, Grant Proposal Guide, or the NSF Application Guide. Resulting awards are subject to the applicable federal cost principles as referenced, the relevant award conditions, and the provisions specified in the applicable funding opportunity.

Award Procedures

All applications submitted to NSF are carefully reviewed by a scientist, engineer, or educator serving as an NSF Program Officer, and usually by three to ten other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular fields represented by the application. Applicants are invited to suggest names of persons they believe are especially well qualified to review the application and/or persons they would prefer not review the application. These suggestions may serve as one source in the reviewer selection process at the Program Officer?s discretion. Program Officers may obtain comments from assembled review panels or from site visits before recommending final action on applications. Senior NSF staff further review recommendations for awards. A comprehensive description of the Foundation?s merit review process is available on the NSF website at:


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5 (?Recovery Act?) in (040) Authorization Section.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Application deadlines are specified in the ARRA Funding Opportunity.


From 90 to 120 days.


A renewal application is a request for additional funding for a support period subsequent to that provided by a standard or continuing grant. A renewal application competes with all other pending applications and must be submitted at least six months before additional funding is required or consistent with an established deadline, target date or submission window. In preparing a renewal application, applicants should assume that reviewers will not have access to previously submitted versions of the application. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to discuss renewal applications with the program prior to submission of a renewal application. Unless precluded by individual program requirements, renewal applications may be submitted electronically via the NSF FastLane System or

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Cost sharing requirements will be governed by the provisions of the applicable funding opportunity. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

ARRA funds are available for FY2009 & FY2010 only. Award length may vary. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Annual progress reports and selected financial reports are required for continuing projects.

Final progress reports and expenditure reports are required at the end of the projects.

In addition, all projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

Annual progress reports and selected financial reports are required for continuing projects.

Final progress reports and expenditure reports are required at the end of the projects.

In addition, all projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Expenditures and other financial records, and also administrative records, must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the last expenditure report for the grant period.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 15 $0; FY 16 est $0; and FY 17 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,000 to $60,000; $158,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

48 CFR Chapter VI; 48 CFR Chapter 25; ?NSF Grant Proposal Guide,? (

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Saundra Woodard 4201 Wilson Blvd Stafford II, Room 655, Arlington, Virginia 22230 Email: Phone: 703-292-7028 Fax: 703-292-9007

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All NSF applications are evaluated through use of two National Science Board approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broad impacts of the proposed activity. In some instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities.

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