FastLane System Decommissioning

FastLane Proposal Preparation and Submission Functionality

Innovating and migrating proposal preparation and submission capabilities from FastLane to Research.gov is part of the ongoing NSF information technology modernization efforts. In accordance with NSF Important Notice No. 147 issued in September 2020, NSF has taken proactive steps to incrementally move the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to Research.gov. Currently, more than 90% of all funding opportunities require proposal submission in Research.gov. Effective with implementation of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1) on January 30, 2023, FastLane will be removed as a submission option from all funding opportunities. Grants.gov remains a submission option for most NSF proposals.  

Accessing FastLane Proposals and Supplemental Funding Requests:

FastLane proposals and supplemental funding requests will remain accessible until Friday, September 29, 2023. This includes proposals submitted to NSF via Grants.gov on or before November 18, 2022. FastLane submitted and in-progress proposals and supplemental funding requests will not be transferred to Research.gov; however, the reviews and summaries for proposals submitted in FastLane will remain available in Research.gov. Authorized Organizational Representatives, Sponsored Projects Officers, Principal Investigators (PIs), and co-PIs should download or print FastLane submitted and in-progress proposals and supplemental funding requests by the September 29, 2023, deadline if they wish to have copies of the documents currently in FastLane. 

Reminders:

  • Proposal and supplemental funding request information cannot be transferred from FastLane to Research.gov. 

  • In-progress proposals and supplemental funding requests as of January 27, 2023, must either be submitted by 5:00 PM submitter’s local time or they must be restarted in Research.gov to be submitted. Grants.gov is also a submission option for most proposals. 

  • Proposal file updates and budget revisions must be executed in the same system as the proposal was submitted (i.e., all in FastLane or all in Research.gov). 

Research.gov Proposal and Supplemental Funding Request Training Resources: 

FastLane Proposal Review and Panel Review Functionalities

Planned dates associated with the FastLane-to-Research.gov transition are shown in the table below.  Dates for transitioning proposal review functions and panel review functions will be added as they are determined.  Please bookmark this page and check back for updates.

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 rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov

FastLane Functionality Transition Deadlines (as of November 21, 2022) 

FastLane Functionality FastLane Transition Deadline or Transition Status Functionality Moving To / Moved To…..
Proposal Preparation and Submission Last day to submit new proposals in FastLane is Friday, January 27, 2023 (5:00 PM submitter’s local time). Research.gov
Supplemental Funding Request Preparation and Submission Last day to submit new supplemental funding requests in FastLane is Friday, January 27, 2023 (5:00 PM submitter’s local time). Research.gov
Continuation Funding Status Last day to access functionality is Friday, January 27, 2023 (11:00 PM Eastern Time). Research.gov
Proposal File Update/Budget Revision Preparation and Submission Last day to submit proposal file updates/budget revisions in FastLane is Friday, September 29, 2023 (5:00 PM submitter’s local time). Research.gov
Proposal Withdrawal Last day to withdraw submitted proposals in FastLane is Friday, September 29, 2023 (5:00 PM submitter’s local time). Research.gov
Supplemental Funding Request Withdrawal Last day to withdraw submitted supplemental funding requests in FastLane is Friday, September 29, 2023 (5:00 PM submitter’s local time). Research.gov
Access to FastLane Submitted and In-Progress Proposals

Last day to access FastLane submitted or in-progress proposals is Friday, September 29, 2023 (11:00 PM Eastern Time).

See Instructions to Access and Download/Print FastLane Proposals and Supplemental Funding Requests

N/A – FastLane submitted and in-progress proposals will not be transferred to Research.gov or to another location.
Access to FastLane Submitted and In-progress Supplemental Funding Requests

Last day to access FastLane submitted or in-progress supplemental funding requests is Friday, September 29, 2023 (11:00 PM Eastern Time).

See Instructions to Access and Download/Print FastLane Proposals and Supplemental Funding Requests

N/A – FastLane submitted and in-progress supplemental funding requests will not be transferred to Research.gov or to another location.
Notifications and Requests

All notifications and requests are accessible in Research.gov.

Two requests (PI/PD or co-PI/co-PD Transfer from One Organization to Another request and Subawarding, Transferring or Contracting Out Part of an NSF Award request) are still located in FastLane but will transition to Research.gov in the coming months.

Research.gov
Grants.gov Integration Completed Research.gov
Organizational Reports: Continuing Grant Increments Reports Completed Research.gov
Organizational Reports: Active Awards Report Completed NSF.gov Award Search
Organizational Reports: Organization Permission Report Completed Research.gov Account Management
Honorary Awards Completed NSF.gov
Project Reports Completed Research.gov
Proposal Status Completed Research.gov
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Module Completed Research.gov
Financial Functions Completed Research.gov