NSF FastLane Being Retired

NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will soon require the use of Research.gov for proposal submissions with no deadlines, and will no longer accept proposal submissions through FastLane.  

The funding opportunities will clearly specify whether submission via Research.gov is available and NSF is developing additional training materials to meet the needs of the community. This includes video tutorials, Frequently Asked Questions, step-by-step guides and a demonstration site. Current training materials are available on the About Research.gov site. Please keep an eye on our NSF Updates webpage to stay informed on current changes.

“While NSF’s FastLane system has been a resounding success story, it is now an aging, antiquated system that has become increasingly expensive to maintain and even harder to improve. Over the past few years, NSF has partnered with and received valuable input from the research community, resulting in the development of a modern, flexible Research.gov system that reduces administrative burden to meet the current and future needs of researchers, administrators and organizations. As a result, NSF has successfully migrated important research functions from FastLane to Research.gov including the preparation and submission of annual and final project and outcomes reports, most notifications and requests and award payments. NSF is now taking proactive steps to incrementally move the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to Research.gov with a tentative target date for completion by 2022.”

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Amber Hardy, Manager, DSP Proposals and Agreements (352) 392-8581