Update to NSF Fastlane Changes Effective July, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to let you know about upcoming changes that NSF will implement to the FastLane system this weekend. FastLane will be down for maintenance from 10:00pm on Friday until 8:00am on Saturday. Effective starting Monday the 26th, 24 new compliance checks will be activated,  as well as changes in accordance with the most recent update to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG 15-1) dated December 26th 2014.  

The main changes are:

Changes to implement GPG 15-1: 

  • All awards which include cost sharing will now require a cost sharing certificate and notifications (previously only cost sharing over $500K required this)
  • Budget justifications must now be uploaded as a separate file:  the text entry fields will no longer be available
  • The new “Ideas Lab” funding mechanism will be added as an option on the NSF cover sheet
  • Line K in the Budget (“Residual Funds”) will now only be available for SBIR/STTR proposals – this line represents fee, which is unallowable for other proposal types

New Automated Compliance Checks:

  • Automated checks will provide errors/warnings related to page count limitations
  • Missing section warnings will be more specific to the funding type selected
  • Certain opportunities will be checked for programmatic budget limits, such as RAPID  ($200K) and EAGER ($300K) proposals
  • These additional checks will not be applied Program Solicitations, but will be applied to Program Description and Program Announcement applications, and all proposals where the GPG is listed as the opportunity.
  • The NSF website has a detailed list of compliance checks from January 2015
  • Updated list of compliance checks dated July 2015

As always, feel free to reach out to your OSP Contract Administrator if you need additional guidance regarding NSF policies. Additional information and MIT-specific guides are available on the OSP website at http://osp.mit.edu/grant-and-contract-administration/sponsor-information/nsf

Thanks very much!
MIT Office of Sponsored Programs