Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Checking at NSF

On July 25, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will perform additional automated compliance checks on proposals submitted through FastLane.  These automated compliance checks will not be conducted on proposals submitted to NSF via  Proposers submitting through should be aware that will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements.  Should NSF receive a proposal from that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane.  You can also choose to view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these checks, by clicking here . The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship).  It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals.

You are encouraged to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or  Policy-related questions should be directed to

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