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Submitting a SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal in FastLane
The Phase I SBIR solicitation and STTR solicitation explain what information should go into the proposal. The following steps will walk through the process of submitting a proposal into FastLane, NSF's electronic submission system. Remember to submit your proposal early. Fastlane will not accept proposals after 5:00 pm (submitter's time as registered in FastLane).
PDF version is available for download.
1. Application Overview
Do you have the required registrations?
Complete four required registrations as you begin putting a proposal together. It is imperative that you register your company and enter all information identically in all systems to avoid processing delays later.
Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
System for Award Management (SAM)
Small Business Administration (SBA) Company Registry
NSF FastLane - register company and Principal Investigator (PI)
As a reminder, any documents uploaded into FastLane should follow the formatting rules:
- Arial, Courier New, or Palatino Linotype at a font size 10 or larger should be used; or
- Times New Roman or Computer Modern fonts at a font size of 12 points or larger.
- Proposals formatted with multiple columns are not accepted.
Select the Proposal, Awards & Status link on the top (blue) menu bar.
Fill in Log In information in the "PI/CO-PI Log In" box on the right side of the screen.
Note: The Principal Investigator (PI) for the proposed Phase I project MUST login and prepare the proposal