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Authorized Organizational Representative

The administrative official who on behalf of the proposing organization is empowered to make certifications and assurances and can commit the organization to the conduct of a project that NSF is being asked to support as well as and to adhere to various NSF policies and grant requirements.

Award Abstract

A summary that describes the research and names of principal investigators and their institutions.

Continuing Grant

A type of grant under which NSF agrees to provide a specific level of support for an initial specified period of time, with a statement of intent to provide additional support of the project for additional periods provided funds are available and the results achieved warrant further support.

Cooperative Agreement

A type of assistance award which may be used when the project being supported requires substantial agency involvement during the project performance period. Substantial agency involvement may be necessary when an activity: is technically or managerially complex; requires extensive or close coordination with other Federally supported work; or helps assure suitability or acceptability of certain aspects of the supported activity. Examples of projects which might be suitable for cooperative agreements are systemic reform efforts, research centers, policy studies, large curriculum projects, multi-user facilities, projects which involve complex subcontracting, construction or operations of major in-house university facilities and major instrumentation development.

Cost Sharing

In accordance with Congressional requirements, NSF requires that each grantee share in the cost of research projects resulting from unsolicited proposals.


Grant Proposal Guide.

Principal Investigator (PI)

The researcher for an award. There may be more than one PI per award.

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