February 2, 2009
As part of a continuing review of cost-sharing policies at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Science Board (NSB) issued a report on January 21st, which reaffirms that mandatory cost sharing should be required for a limited number of programs where it is appropriate and recommends prohibiting “voluntary committed” cost sharing in solicited and unsolicited grant proposals (“voluntary committed” cost sharing means that institutional resources are formally pledged to a specific sponsored project, and the pledge is binding and auditable to that project when the grant is awarded).
The NSB report “Investing in the Future: NSF Cost Sharing Policies for a Robust Federal Research Enterprise” makes several important recommendations. The NSB is requesting written comments about the recommendations by Monday, February 16, 2009.
The draft NSF report can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/committees/cs/index.jsp