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Proposal Preparation and Submission

The Proposal Preparation and Submission Site modernizes proposal submission capabilities. The new system focuses on enhancing the user experience and reducing administrative burden with an intuitive interface and automated compliance checking. The new system is being developed incrementally and, as capabilities are migrated from FastLane to, the system features will expand until it replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission. FastLane will continue to be available, and users will have the option to use either or FastLane to prepare and submit proposals.

A system preview, available in February 2018, will give the community time to become familiar with and enable early feedback to NSF. During the preview release, proposal submission will not be enabled and proposals prepared in FastLane will continue to be available in FastLane.

Beginning with the preview release on February 26, 2018, the following features will be available for testing (Please note this is a system preview only, and data entered will not be saved.):

  • Initiate a proposal for a selected funding opportunity.
  • Provide Other Authorized User access to others who will assist in proposal preparation.
  • Add and update proposal sections, and supporting documents.
  • Find specific Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guidance.
  • Perform compliance checking on a section-by-section basis as well as for the entire proposal.
  • Enable SPO/AOR access for proposal review.

In April 2018, the initial release will allow submission of Full, Research, non-collaborative proposals.

When fully featured, the system will provide the ability to create, submit, track, and update proposals associated with all active NSF funding opportunities. This furthers an NSF goal of providing quick access to proposal information and grants management services in one location.

A full timeline for release of system capabilities is available at:  Preview Initial Release Timeline.pdf

The new system can be accessed at the following link: Proposal Preparation and Submission.

For additional questions, please refer to the Proposal Preparation Site Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

NSF welcomes all users to provide feedback! Feedback can be provided via a structured survey link that will be sent to users.