Required Use of for Preparation and Submission of Proposals in Response to Program Descriptions

Dear Colleagues, 
Please see an important message below from NSF requiring the removal of Fastlane as a submission option and the required use of Please share this message with your faculty members and researchers.
Thank you,


Nancy Lewis
Executive Director, Sponsored Projects Administration
Office of Research
University of California, Irvine
160 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-7600
Ph-(949) 824-2897


Dear Colleagues:


In accordance with Important Notice No. 147, many National Science Foundation (NSF) program solicitations now require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals. Please be advised that NSF will now start requiring the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to program descriptions. As a reminder, FastLane is targeted to be removed as a submission option from all funding opportunities when the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) goes into effect in January 2023. will remain a submission option for most NSF proposals.

Program Descriptions in

To assist the research community, NSF developed a dynamic listing of program descriptions that require submission in Follow these steps to determine if your proposal for a specific program description must be prepared and submitted in


·         Access the relevant program description page (e.g., Magnetospheric Physics, PD 98-5750).

·         View the advisory in the Program Guidelines section on the right side of the program description page and click on the link in the advisory:

Alert: Many NSF programs are only accepting proposals in or FastLane may no longer be a submission option. For more information, please visit Program Descriptions that Require Proposal Preparation and Submission in or


The document will identify program descriptions requiring preparation and submission and the associated effective date. This document will be updated on an ongoing basis as FastLane will be removed from all program descriptions as a proposal preparation and submission option when the PAPPG goes into effect in January 2023.


Since many program solicitations also require submission in, proposers should pay close attention to the requirements identified in those specific funding opportunities. Proposal Capabilities and Transition from FastLane Proposal Preparation

Nearly all FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities are now available in For details about the remaining proposal features that will soon be added to, please see the Proposal Submission Capabilities table on the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page. To stay informed about and FastLane changes, we invite you to join our System Updates listserv. Sign up by sending a blank email to:


NSF strongly encourages proposers to prepare and submit all supported proposals in now, to facilitate a smooth transition from FastLane proposal preparation to over the next several months. In addition, NSF relies on your vital feedback to help ensure the system is working as intended and to identify areas of improvement. Feedback may be submitted at Proposal Preparation and Submission Training Resources

· About Proposal Preparation and Submission page

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by topic
  • Video Tutorials
  • How-to Guides

· Proposal Preparation Demo Site (See the demo site FAQs on the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page for access information and demo site features.)

· Update and Demonstration presentation from the Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference


Questions? If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via Policy-related questions should be directed to




Jean Feldman

Head, Policy Office

Division of Institution and Award Support

Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management




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