Archives—February 2013

Additional Changes for Proposals Submitted to the National Science Foundation

Beginning March 18, the National Science Foundation (NSF) FastLane system will begin automated compliance checking of required sections of full proposals. During the proposal submission process, the FastLane system will automatically check for the presence of each of the proposal elements required by the Grant Proposal Guide, including:

  • project summary,
  • project description,
  • references,
  • biographical sketches,
  • budget,
  • budget justification,
  • current and pending support,
  • facilities,
  • data management plan, and
  • post-doctoral mentoring plan (when applicable).

If any of these sections are missing, Fastlane will prevent proposal submission. While PIs will be able to grant sponsored programs “submit” access without meeting these requirements, any missing items will now prevent submission of the full proposal. By using the “check” feature in FastLane, PIs will be able to view the status of all required elements prior to Michigan Tech’s internal proposal deadline to verify compliance. If an NSF program or solicitation requires deviation from the standard automatically checked proposal elements, the PI will need to upload a document that states “Not Applicable” to meet system requirements.

Additional information about the new automated compliance checking can be found at Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals. If you have questions, please contact the sponsored programs office at 7-2226.

Workshop Addresses Occupational Safety and Biosafety

Compliance, Integrity, and Safety will host an educational session, “Occupational Safety and Biosafety,” from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25. The session will be held in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Last year, OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals. This session will provide an overview of the new GHS format for chemical labels and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The session will also include an overview of the MSDSonline database that is being rolled out on campus for cataloging and accessing chemical SDS information.

To register for this session, see Occupational Safety and Biosafety. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. If you have questions, please contact David Dixon at 487-2131 or

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Feel free to bring your lunch.

New Sponsored Programs On-Demand Training Module

Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce an on-demand training module for “Reading Account Statements.” This module will cover the basics of reading account statements for sponsored projects and is directed towards Principal Investigators and Departmental Coordinators. Please consider taking advantage of this resource.

In the future, more on-demand trainings will be made available and announced. The “Reading Account Statements” training module can be found on the Sponsored Programs Accounting webpage in the resources sidebar.