Changes to NSF’s online portal (FastLane) scheduled for Jan. 26

On Jan. 26, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement changes in FastLane to support the revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and to run additional automated compliance checks on proposals.

A revised PAPPG was issued on Nov. 20, 2014, which incorporates OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), as well as other policy updates. The following changes will be made to FastLane support the revised PAPPG:

  • Budget Form Updates: The “Residual Funds” line will be renamed “Small Business Fee” and may only be editable for SBIR/STTR programs.
  • Budget Justification Upload: Awardees will be required to upload a budget justification for each organization added to the budget via an upload screen.
  • Cost Sharing Notifications Requirements: Must now be submitted by all awardees with awards that include cost sharing.
  • New Funding Mechanism: (Ideas Lab, designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative project ideas).

FastLane will also begin to run an additional 24 automated compliance checks on proposals to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the PAPPG. These checks will validate a proposal for compliance with page count, proposal sections per type of funding mechanism, and budget-related rules for proposals submitted in response to the Grants Proposal Guide, Program Announcements, and Program Descriptions. At this time, these checks will not be enforced for proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations.