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Increased automated compliance checking is coming to NSF!

Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane system to begin automated compliance checking of all required sections of 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.1 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)). 


The GPG-required sections of a proposal include:


Project Summary *

Budget Justification

Project Description

Current and Pending Support

References Cited

Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources

Biographical Sketch(es)

Data Management Plan *


Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)*

* These proposal sections are already being auto-compliance checked by FastLane.


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 will 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 submit the proposal to the organization’s Sponsored Project Office (SPO).  If the SPO attempts to submit proposal that is missing any of the GPG 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 the 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 will be posted on the NSF website at: 



Please contact policy@nsf.gov for any further questions.

Attention NSF Awardees: Please stop submitting project reports on FastLane starting February 1, 2013

As you may know, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is transitioning annual, final, and interim project reporting from FastLane to Research.gov.  NSF is committed to continuing to work with the research community and NSF awardees on achieving a smooth transition.

What do I Need to Know Now?
Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs must stop submitting new project reports in FastLane starting on February 1, 2013. On March 18, 2013, NSF will transfer its current project reporting service from FastLane to Research.gov.  You should pay particular attention to your reports that are currently in progress and reports previously submitted and returned by your NSF Program Officer.

Project reports that are in progress as well as those reports that are returned by NSF program officers should be revised and resubmitted prior to February 1. To assist the research community with this transition, the overdue dates have been extended for all project reports originally scheduled to become overdue between January 31 and April 30, 2013. Starting March 18, 2013, you can use Research.gov to submit project reports.

NOTE: If you are in the Project Report Pilot, this message does not apply to you.

Where Can I Find Out More?
For more information about the transition of annual, final, and interim project reporting to Research.gov, please visit the Project Report Informational Page:


or see our Online Help at:


For technical assistance, contact the Research.gov Help Desk, 7 AM - 9 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays):
-Email the Help Desk at rgov@nsf.gov
-Call the Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532

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