Document Minor editorial changes have been made
throughout the document to either clarify or enhance the intended
meaning of a sentence/section.
the National Science Foundation More
in-depth information has been added regarding the creation
of the Foundation, the various types of entities that are
funded and how NSF relies on the expertise of the scientific,
engineering and education community in the conduct of our
B, The Proposal, has been updated to inform proposers
that there is a feature in FastLane which can be used to mark
proprietary and privileged information in a proposal. A caveat
has been added that, while NSF tries to ensure that such material
is not released, NSF is not liable should this occur.
I Section C, NSF FastLane System,
has been supplemented with several changes. First, it instructs
PIs to contact their sponsored projects office for the assignment
of a FastLane PIN and general information on how to use the
system. Next, a short explanation of the Federal Commons is
given. FastLane will eventually be integrated with the Federal
Commons and in anticipation of that, PIN’s will be phased
out and a new password system will be implemented.
I Section F, How to Submit Proposals,
has been revised to stipulate that:
October 1, 2000, all NSF proposals will be required to
be submitted via FastLane. Proposers and grantees are
encouraged to review Important Notice 123, which outlines
the timeline for implementation of NSF’s electronic commerce
proposals submitted via FastLane, the signed proposal
Cover Sheet (NSF Form 1207) must be postmarked within
five working days after the proposal is submitted and
forwarded to the address listed in the GPG.
A should be consulted to find out the required number
of paper copies that should be submitted.
a proposal is submitted, the proposal number and program
it has been assigned to can be viewed using various FastLane
II First Paragraph, contains the URL for
FastLane proposal preparation and submission FAQ’s.
II Section D, Sections of the Proposal,
has been supplemented with information on the new barcodes
that have been added to each of the proposal forms.
II Section D.1, Cover Sheet for Proposal
to the National Science Foundation, has been clarified
to state that proposers are required to complete the "For
Consideration by NSF Organizational Unit" block and should
use Appendix A as a guide in identifying the correct Program
(and Division) to which the proposal should be routed.
II Section D.4, Project Description,
has been supplemented with language that permits group proposals
to exceed the 15-page Project Description limitation when
approval has been obtained from the NSF program officer prior
to submission of the proposal. In previous versions of the
Grant Proposal Guide, this stipulation was contained
in the Group and Collaborative Proposals Section.
II Section D.6, Biographical Sketches,
has been revised and reorganized. There are five sections,
including "Professional Preparation," "Appointments,"
"Publications," "Collaborators and Other Affiliations"
as well as a new section entitled "Synergistic Activities."
II Section D.7.l, Cost Sharing, incorporates
the recent National Science Board (NSB) approved cost sharing
policy. With regard to proposals submitted solely in response
to the GPG, only statutory (1%) cost sharing is required.
II Section D.12.a, Small Grants for Exploratory
Research (SGER), has been updated to encourage submissionof
SGER proposals via FastLane.
II Section D.12.b, Collaborative Proposals,
has been restructured to clearly delineate the instructions
for submission of collaborative proposals from two or more
organizations. Such proposals can be submitted as either one
proposal, or as simultaneous submission of proposals from
different organizations. Detailed instructions on how to submit
by FastLane or by paper are also included in this section.
Prior to submission of a collaborative proposal, PIs are reminded
to contact the cognizant NSF program officer.
II Section D.12.d, Proposals Involving Vertebrate
Animals, has been supplemented with instructions to
proposers to include the date that IACUC review is scheduled
to be completed, if it is not possible to have the review
done in advance.
III Section A, Review Criteria, has
a new part added that reinforces the importance of integrating
diversity into NSF’s programs, projects and activities, and
addressing the integration of research and education when
preparing and reviewing NSF proposals.
III Section B, Administrative Corrections
to FastLane Proposals, has been supplemented with
detailed information on this new feature in FastLane.
III Section C, Revisions to Proposals made during
the Review Process, has been revised to include examples
of what would be considered a "significant development"
on a project. The language on reductions in budget or scope
of a project has also been revised to be consistent with the
recent NSB approved cost sharing policy.
V Section F, Human Resources Development,
has been modified to include an updated listing of NSF programs
whose purpose is to increase participation by women, minorities,
persons with disabilities and faculty from minority and/or
predominantly undergraduate institutions.
V Section K, Small Business Innovation Research
(SBIR) Program, has been updated to include coverage
on the new Phase IIB option. This option is not available
for the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.
VI Section C, No-Cost Extensions, has been
supplemented to inform readers that all grantee-authorized
and NSF-approved extensions will have to be submitted via
FastLane by January 1, 2000.
VII Section B, Prior Approval Requirements,
has been updated to inform readers that all prior approval
requests will have to be submitted via FastLane by January
VII Section G, Grant Reports, has been revised
to show that, starting October 1, 1999, PI’s will be required
to use the electronic project reporting system in the preparation
and submission of reports to the Foundation.