The NSF uses their Fastlane and Research.gov electronic systems for proposal submission and proposal and award management.
Fastlane now performs specific error and warning checks before a proposal is submitted. Fastlane has published a matrix of automated proposal compliance checks performed by the system.
UCSB submits NSF proposals through Fastlane. Proposals should be prepared in accordance with the program guidelines and the NSF Proposal & Award Policies Procedures Guide (PAPPG).
All NSF proposals are now subject to the rules and regulations of the latest NSF PAPPG. Please note that the new PAPPG has made significant changes to the requirements of NSF proposals. Our office has created specific guidance for the changes made by the new PAPPG.
Special Note: Per Chapter II.C.2.g(i)(a) of the new PAPPG, NSF now requires institutions to include their definition of a “year” in every budget justification when requesting any salary for Senior Personnel. At UCSB, a “year” is defined as the fiscal year that spans from July 1 – June 30. This statement must be included in the section of the Budget Justification in which you are justifying the salary request(s).
Special Note: For some solicitations, NSF ulitizes Target Dates rather than Deadline Dates. It is our recommendation that these Target Dates are treated in the same manner as Deadline Dates. This approach is the best practice to ensure submitted proposals are accepted and reviewed in a timely manner by NSF. If you have any questions regarding Target Dates, please reach out to the appropriate NSF Program Officer for your submission.
For questions and concerns regarding NSF's Sexual Harassment Policy, please see our webpage here.