Dear Colleague Letter - NSF Notice Regarding Automated Compliance Checking of FastLane Proposal Submissions
February 27, 2013
Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane
System to begin automated compliance checking for all required
sections of full proposals. This will bring NSF systems in
line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as
outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures
Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)).
Preliminary proposals are not affected by this system enhancement.
The GPG-required sections of a proposal include:
Project Summary* Budget Justification
Project Description Current and Pending Support
Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources
Data Management Plan*
Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)*
*These proposal sections are already being auto compliance checked at the time of proposal submission by FastLane.
FastLane will check to ensure whether or not a document is
included; it will not check formatting, page length, or content
requirements. (The one exception is the Project Summary, for
which page length is checked.)
Proposal submission instructions for conferences, symposia or
workshops; international travel grants; or program solicitations
may deviate from the GPG instructions. If the submission instructions do not require one of the above sections to be provided, proposers ill need to insert text or upload a document in that section of the
proposal that states, "Not Applicable." Doing so will enable FastLane
to accept the proposal.
Additionally, proposers providing Biographical Sketches and/or Current
and Pending Support information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PI(s)
or Senior Personnel in a single PDF file associated with the PI, must
insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, "Not Applicable," for any co-PI or Senior Personnel so that FastLane will
accept the proposal.
PIs will receive a warning message if any of the GPG-required sections is
missing, however, the PI will still be able to forward the proposal to the
organization's Sponsored Project Office (SPO). If the SPO attempts to submit
a proposal that is missing any of the required sections, they will receive an
error message identifying the missing section(s), and FastLane will prevent
submission to NSF. After obtaining all required sections, the SPO may submit
the proposal to NSF in accordance with established deadline date policy.
Proposals submitted through Grants.gov must include all GPG-required sections
or include a document stating that the section is "Not Applicable."
We encourage you to share this information with your respective communities so
that they are aware of this system enhancement. Additional information is
available on the NSF website at:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.