Increased automated compliance checking is coming to NSF!

Dear Colleagues:

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.2

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

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 must include all GPG required
sections or include a document stating that the section is “Not

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 for any further questions

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