Summary of Significant Changes
This amendment to the Grant Proposal Guide implements a new electronic signature
capability for all proposals submitted to NSF. This new capability would require
receipt of electronic signatures from Authorized Organizational Representatives
only. As part of this new process, organizations will be required to designate,
within FastLane, the individual(s) authorized to sign on behalf of the organization.
Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane website
at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov. The
specific changes are as follows:
Chapter I --- Section B, Proprietary
or Privileged Information, has been revised to reflect that Proprietary
or Privileged Information, if included as a separate statement, should now be
sent to the FastLane address specified in the GPG.
Chapter I --- Section E.1, Special
Instructions for Proposals that Contain High Resolution Graphics and Other Graphics
Where Exact Color Representations are Required for Proper Interpretation by the
Reviewer, has been updated to state that only the first page of the proposal
Cover Sheet needs to be submitted with the color copies of the proposal.
Chapter I --- Section E.2, Submission
Instructions, eliminates the requirement to provide a signed paper proposal
Cover Sheet. PIs and co-PIs are no longer required to sign the proposal Cover
Sheet. All required proposal certifications will be provided electronically by
the Authorized Organizational Representative.
Chapter II --- Section B.1, Proposal
Pagination Instructions, has been clarified to state that each section
of the proposal that is uploaded as a file (whether PDF or a word processing file)
must be individually paginated before upload to FastLane.
Chapter II --- Section C, Cover
Sheet for Proposal to the National Science Foundation, has been revised
to eliminate the requirement to provide a signed paper proposal Cover Sheet. By
electronically signing the proposal, the Authorized Organizational Representative
will be providing all of the required proposal certifications. This section also
states that Lobbying Disclosures (SF LLL), when applicable, should be accompanied
by a copy of the proposal Cover Sheet and sent to the NSF Proposal Processing
Chapter II --- Section C.3, Project
Description, has been changed to specify that Project Descriptions must
be submitted as a PDF file or a word processing file capable of being converted
through FastLane into a PDF file for use by NSF.
Chapter II --- Section C.6.a.(iii),
Confidential Budgetary Information, has been changed to specify
that the instructions in Chapter I, Section B should be followed when submitting
Confidential Budgetary Information Statements.
Chapter II --- Section C.6.f.(v),
Subawards, removes the requirement that subawardee organizations
must provide signed budgets. Submission of a paper budget signed by the Authorized
Organizational Representative of the subawardee organization is no longer necessary.
Chapter II --- Section C.11.b.(ii),
Simultaneous Submission of Proposals from Different Organizations,
has been updated with new FastLane submission procedures for collaborative proposals
which involve simultaneous submission of proposals from different organizations.
Chapter III --- Section C, Revisions
to Proposals Made During the Review Process, has been supplemented with
language to specify that a signed paper copy of the budget is not required when
submitting revised budgets to NSF.
Chapter V --- Section B.4, Supplemental
Funding, has been revised to specify that Supplemental Funding requests
can now be submitted completely electronically via FastLane. A signed paper copy
of the supplement budget is no longer required to be submitted to NSF.
Chapter VI --- Section B, Prior
Approval Requirements, updates the listing of postaward actions that cannot
be completed electronically via FastLane. This includes: Change of PI, Transfer
of a Significant Portion of the Project Effort (Subaward), and PI Transfers. With
implementation of the electronic signature capability Foundation-wide, NSF is
in the process of converting these remaining paper processes to electronic formats.
Further information on processing of these transactions will be provided, when