New NSF postdoctoral mentoring plan requirement

The National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (posted October 1, 2008) includes a new requirement for postdoctoral mentoring plans in all research proposals requesting funding to support postdocs. Note that proposals that do not include a section on mentoring activities will be returned without review. Please also note that the FastLane project reporting format is being modified to inform PIs of the requirement to report on the mentoring activities provided to postdoctoral researchers during the performance period, including postdocs not identified in the original proposal. The Graduate Schools’ web site includes a new page that provides some guidance regarding postdoctoral mentoring activities that may prove useful in responding to this new requirement. See