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Effective April 30, 2018, proposers can now prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov. The initial release of this new Research.gov capability is running in parallel with existing proposal preparation and submission capabilities in FastLane. As a result, proposers can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov or in FastLane.

The capability to submit other types of proposals (e.g., RAPID, EAGER, Conference) will be added to Research.gov in the future. Please note, proposals initiated in the new system will not be available in FastLane and proposals prepared in FastLane will not be available in the new system. This new system is being developed incrementally and as capabilities are migrated from FastLane to Research.gov, the system features will expand until it eventually replaces FastLane for all aspects of proposal preparation and submission. A specific date for completion of this transition process has not yet been determined. There is no impact to proposal submission via Grants.gov or Application Submission Web Services (ASWS), and NSF will continue to fully support these proposal submission methods.

The Research.gov proposal site modernizes proposal preparation and submission capabilities and focuses on enhancing the user experience and reducing administrative burden with an intuitive interface and expanded real-time compliance checking. The new functionality provides the ability to create, submit, track, and update proposals associated with active NSF funding opportunities and furthers NSF’s goal to provide quick access to proposal information and grants management services in one location.

Please note that as part of this modernization effort, effective April 30, 2018, the Proposal Status page in FastLane is no longer accessible. Instead, proposers and NSF staff are redirected to Research.gov to view a proposal’s status.

Proposal Compliance Checking

Proposal preparation in Research.gov has introduced a number of new automated compliance checks not available in FastLane which focus on specific formatting requirements. Font (currently Times New Roman only), margin and spacing requirements will be compliance-checked immediately upon document upload. Please allow extra time when uploading your documents to allow for any necessary corrections to formatting issues. These new compliance checks have been tested with PDFs generated in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Open Office. PDFs generated in other tools may require your proposal to be submitted through FastLane. 

Additional Information

Resources including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a system capabilities release timeline are available on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page. A series of short instructional videos also will be posted in the near future on the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page.

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

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