FastLane and Unavailable from Friday, November 8 at 5PM PST until Tuesday, November 12 at 3AM PST

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the message below from NSF regarding system unavailability during the Veterans Day Holiday weekend – from 5PM on Friday, 11/8 thru 3AM on Tuesday, 11/12.

Please pass this on to your faculty who may have NSF proposals in the works.

Let the ERA Team know if you have any questions or concerns (

We will try to send out a reminder email on 11/7.


Jonathan K. Lew, MPA

eRA Officer

UCI Office of Research

141 Innovation, Suite 250

Irvine, CA 92697-7600



Dear Colleagues:

Please be advised that FastLane and will be unavailable from Friday, November 8 at 5:00 PM PST until Tuesday, November 12 at 3:00 AM PST.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is migrating its business applications to a modern and flexible platform from November 8 at 5:00 PM PST through November 12 at 3:00 AM PST.As part of this effort, NSF will also upgrade the alpha-numeric character set used by the FastLane and systems to correct text errors, such as special characters displaying as question marks (“?”) in proposals and project reports. This migration has been scheduled over the Veterans Day holiday weekend to minimize the impact of the systems downtime on the research community and NSF staff.

During this outage, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be prepared or submitted in FastLane and, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and, including in-progress proposals and project reports, will be accessible after the migration is completed.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or . Any policy-related questions should be directed to .

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