Chapter II.C.2.f(i)(c), Biographical Sketch(es), has been revised to rename the “Publications” section to “Products” and amend terminology and instructions accordingly. This change makes clear that products may include, but are not limited to, publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights.So you can list your patents or open-source software as a "product" right up there with the same status as an academic publication. This seems like a harmless change, us theorists can continue to just list our publications. But I worry about the slippery slope. Does this signal a future change to the NSF Mission that supports "basic scientific research"? We will be expected in the future to have "products" other than research publications?
Or is the NSF just saying that while they fund our research, it's not the research, but the manifestations of that research in whatever form they take, that gets judged for future grants?