February 8, 1999
Office of the
Assistant Director for
FastLane has become an integral part of NSF. It is vital for facilitating business transactions and exchange of information with our client community including researchers, educators, reviewers, research administrators, and others doing business with the Foundation. This letter sets forth plans within the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) for implementing efficient and effective use of FastLane technologies.
Since March 1998, BIO has encouraged Principal Investigators to submit unsolicited proposals electronically via NSF’s FastLane System. Electronic submission has proven an effective means of expediting communication between the NSF and Principal Investigators (PIs) and University grants offices, of improving the timeliness of service to the community, and of ensuring accurate data entry into NSF databases by direct electronic capture.Therefore, beginning May 3, 1999 for all unsolicited proposals submitted to programs in BIO: 1. The following proposal items must be submitted electronically by FastLane:
2. The full proposal must be submitted either electronically by FastLane (in which case the items above will be included), or by mailing paper copies of the proposal to the NSF as before. We strongly recommend that you submit your entire proposal electronically by FastLane. Submission of paper copies of the full proposal by mail is required only if you do not submit the full proposal by FastLane. Please note that where specific BIO solicitations require submission of the full proposal by FastLane, those instructions must be followed. Complete instructions are given on the FastLane web page, which can be accessed at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/.
In addition to proposal preparation and submission, the NSF FastLane System includes a number of operational and information dissemination/external support features. Over the next several months, as detailed below, the Directorate for Biological Sciences will be requiring the use of FastLane for specific transactions.
Sincerely,Mary E. Clutter
NSF 99-83 (Replaces NSF 98-85)