Archives—January 2015

New Automated Proposal Submission Compliance Checks Coming to the National Science Foundation (NSF) FastLane on January 26

Beginning January 26, 2015, the NSF FastLane system will run an additional 24 automated compliance checks on proposals to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grants Proposal Guide (GPG)). These checks will validate a proposal for compliance with page count, proposal sections per funding mechanism and budget related rules for proposals submitted in response to the GPG, Program Announcements and Program Descriptions. At this time, these checks will not be enforced for proposals submitted to Program Solicitations.

Depending on the rule being checked, a warning or error message will display when a proposal is found to be non-compliant. If an error message appears, the organization will not be able to submit the proposal until it is compliant. To view a detailed list of all compliance checks, click here.

To expedite the submission process, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) is asking PI’s to be cognizant of what elements are required and ensure they are all included in the proposal in FastLane prior to the internal review. SPO will also be reviewing proposals to make sure all required documents are included in the FastLane system.

NSF and NIH new bio sketch guidelines

NSF and NIH have implemented new biographical sketch guidelines.  The new templates can be found on the Sponsored Programs Office website at the following locations: and sample.docx.  Please use these updated templates and guidelines when preparing your NSF and NIH proposals.