Archives—September 2016

Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Improvements of NSF Proposals

As part of NSF’s efforts to modernize proposal submission and increase competitive fairness in the proposal process, the Foundation continues to focus on implementing automated proposal compliance checks in FastLane.

Effective September 26, 2016, FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)Chapter II.C.2.b, for further information.

The compliance check will trigger an error message in the following circumstances:

  • Project Summary text exceeds the one-page limit; and
  • Project Summary text is entered and the user also uploads a “Project Summary with Special Characters” supplementary document.

Proposal File Update (PFU) Implications:

Proposers should be aware that if a proposal was received by NSF prior to September 26, 2016, containing a Project Summary that complies with the previous 4,600-character limit but exceeds the one-page limit, a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal, regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for October 19 and October 20

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on October 19 and October 20, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for these specific dates only to three working days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on October 19 will be no later than 7:00 a.m. on October 14, and for those proposals due to sponsors on October 20 will be due no later than 7:00 a.m. on October 17.  In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI’s, proposals sent to SPO after these internal deadlines will not be submitted to sponsors.

NSF System Shutdown – September 17-18, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

NSF will be making repairs to the Foundation’s electrical systems on September 17-18, 2016. All NSF systems, including the NSF website, and FastLane, will be unavailable from 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, until 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 18.

As a result of NSF system shutdowns, the following deadline dates which fall on September 19th have been extended to 5 p.m. submitter’s local time on September 20th:

  • NSF 16-586: NSF/Intel Partnership on Information-Centric Networking in Wireless Edge Networks (ICN-WEN) – Letter of Intent Deadline
  • NSF 16-562: Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) – Full Proposal Deadline
  • NSF 16-532: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting – Full Proposal Deadline

These solicitations have been modified to reflect the new deadline date.  Proposers should ensure that they select September 20th as the Deadline/Target date on the Remainder of Coversheet for the proposal.