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Home / Resources / Proposal Preparation / NSF Fastlane Submission Hints

NSF Fastlane Submission Hints


FastLane Database
To register as a PI in the FastLane Database, please provide the following information below and e-mail to Beth Free (bfree@latech.edu).

Information your SRO needs to add you as a PI

First NameStreet Address
Last NameCity, State, Zip
Middle InitialE-mail Address
Suffix(e.g., Jr., Sr., III)Business Phone
DepartmentFax Number
Degree Type & Year 


FastLane Instructions
For FastLane instructions, please go here. If you would like to walk through the entire Fastlane process, go to their Demo site here. Also, you can call or contact the FastLane help desk with any specific problems at 800.673.6188, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. (EST). Email user support can be reached here or call an automated recording at 800.437.7408.

New requirements! (Effective 1/2011)
All proposals must contain a Data Management Plan and a Post-doctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable):   http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf11001/gpg_2.jsp#IIC2j.  The correct zip code for Louisiana Tech is 712704936 (no spaces or dash) or 712720001.

Timing is Crucial
It is not necessary to have every piece of information loaded on FastLane before you route your proposal for internal approval. As soon as you have a budget and narrative draft, go ahead and route for internal approval. Complete the cover page and beginning loading standard information such as current and pending support, letters of support, biographical sketches as soon as you have them available. It helps if the foundation information is out of the way as you complete your final narrative and budget information. With FastLane, the upload simply put - takes time! Often a PI may be timed-out of an upload, or simply may run out of time loading documents. So start loading information days before the due date.

Allow SRO Access
As soon as you begin uploading items in your proposal, you can allow SRO access to review or edit your proposal. When you are ready to submit, you would again click 'allow SRO access' to submit your proposal. OUR stays in close communication with the PI to make sure that information is ready before a submission takes place.

Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact
The NSF review criteria is outlined in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide. Both merit criteria must be included in the project summary with separate headings or the proposal will be returned without review. For more information, please visit the FastLane Merit Review link, here.

April 27th, 2017

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