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Important Changes to FastLane Proposal Checking

Beginning March 18, 2013, NSF’s FastLane System will begin automated compliance checking for all required sections of full proposals, including:

Project Summary*
Project Description
References Cited
Biographical Sketches
Budget Justification
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.

If the submission instructions for a particular solicitation 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 Biosketches and/or Current/Pending Support information for (PIs), co-PI(s) or Sr. 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.

Please view the text of the full NSF announcement availble on the NSF website. Additional information and guidance is also available. For more detailed information, please visit the NSF Frequently Asked Questions.

Please contact your Office of Research pre-award administrator if you have questions about NSF's new requirements.