NSF to Close Submission Door to Full Proposals Lacking 10 Required Sections

Brief Summary:

On March 18, NSF will flip the switch on a compliance monitoring system within FastLane.  The system will check all proposals for 10 required sections prior to submission.

Proposals missing any of the required sections will be bounced back by FastLane with an error message and won't let them go through until the required sections have been included or identified as not applicable. For more details please follow this link:


In order to handle this implementation of the compliance checking with minimal disruption to potential investigators we recommend to: ·        

  • Build In Extra Time for all proposal submissions.                                                               

Our current internal to WPI recommended deadline is 3-5 business days prior to the actual sponsor deadline to assure that proposals are complete before submission, so that if they are not, there is enough time to address the missing elements before it is too late. ·        

  • Consider submitting proposals to NSF via Cayuse SF424 (system-to-system) - which has built-in checking features for all sponsor requirements and it automatically lists and displays all warnings and errors while you create your proposal in Cayuse.  

More information, including FAQs and PP presentation is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/autocompliance.jsp                                                                                                                      

March 7, 2013

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