NSF Cost Sharing Policy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Board recently finalized cost sharing policies for NSF awards effective February 24, 2009. This policy basically states that the inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited in all solicited and unsolicited proposals.  Please refer to the NSF Policy Statement here: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsb0920/nsb0920_2.pdf

National Science Foundation Cost Sharing Policies links:

Overarching Policies on Cost Sharing

NSF FAQs on on Cost Sharing  



NSF Programs with Mandatory Cost Sharing

  • Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps)
  • Major Research Instrumentation Program
  • Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
  • Engineering Research Centers
  • Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program (where applicable)
  • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program (where applicable)