NSF is pleased to announce
the redesign of FastLane's Research Administration
Rensselaer is able to submit proposals
electronically to the National Science Foundation (NSF) by way of the NSF FastLane. The process for submitting a proposal to NSF electronically
is provided at the bottom of this page. Future updates to this document will be
available through this web site.
In accordance with the National Science
Foundation’s (NSF) vision of a fully integrated, electronic proposal
award system that will provide a quick, secure, paperless record and
transaction mechanism for all NSF awards, from program announcement to award
closeout, the FastLane was initiated in 1994.
Effective October 1, 2000, NSF requires that all full proposals be submitted
electronically via the FastLane. In addition,
the FastLane will be used to conduct reviews, process
award actions and handle other interactions with the research and education
communities. In order for a Principal Investigator to access the FastLane, he/she must be a registered
FastLane user and be assigned a password.
Any faculty member, who currently has an NSF grant or plans to submit
proposals to NSF, should contact Research Administration and Finance
((RA&F)) to ensure that they are registered in the FastLane
and have been assigned a password.
Also, all NSF grantees or proposers should
familiarize themselves with the FastLane system by
visiting the web site located at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/.
Anyone who would like to receive instruction in the use of the FastLane,
should contact (RA&F) at 6282 to set up an appointment with one of the
proposal reviewers. In preparing your proposal for submission to NSF,
please refer to the Grant Proposal Guide http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf032/gpg032.pdf
to be sure that all sections of your proposal (project description, references,
biographical sketches, etc.) conform to the required format. The staff in
(RA&F) is available to provide any assistance you may require and to answer
and Finance ((RA&F)) will continue its policy of preparing the Cover Page,
Budget, and Current and Pending Support. All other forms required by NSF
will be the responsibility of the Principal Investigator.
This process is new and more time
consuming than a normal NSF submission, therefore, it is imperative that all
information be provided to (RA&F) in a timely fashion. To guarantee
that (RA&F) has the necessary time to process and submit the proposal
electronically, we require that the Proposal Information Sheet and a working
budget be forwarded to us no later than ten (10) working days prior to the
sponsor deadline. If an electronic submission does not contain all
of the information required by NSF, it will be rejected by the FastLane. Therefore, all data, including the text,
should be input into the FastLane at least one day
prior to the deadline. This will ensure that (RA&F) and the PI have
sufficient time to correct any problems that occur. It is important that
these guidelines be followed so that no proposal deadlines are missed.
The responsibility for completion of
forms on FastLane is as follows:
Research Administration and Finance
Facilities, Equipment and
Current & Pending Support
PI and or Co-PI Information - generated
NSF Fastlane Now.