FastLane Proposal Preparation 101. For Faculty and Staff Starting to use NSF’s FastLane June 2000. The Basics - Or What is Needed to Start With. Workstation Software requirements: Browser Netscape 3.0 or above MSIE 4.01 or above PDF file generator
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For Faculty and Staff Starting to use NSF’s FastLane
Without these elements, you will be unable to fully utilize FastLane
Contains a wealth of information from institutional registration to “how-to” use the system to deadline dates to award searches to……..
What Must the PI/CoPI Do Before Staff Can Help?
Anyone with a FastLane Password and necessary information from the PI/CoPI can work on a proposal in FastLane - however, they cannot start a proposal nor submit it for institutional review.
Only the PI should edit this information
The Navigation Bar allows the user to go directly to any section of the system
Temp. Proposals in Progress
Temp. Proposals in Progress
Allow SRO Access: The PI provide the following access to their proposal:
Avoid using the browser BACK arrow -- changes will not be saved. Always use FastLane’s navigational buttons.
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It is NSF policy that there can be only 1 PI and at most 4 Co-PIs on a proposal.
Don’t forget the Navigation Bar to move through the application
Typically a Non Co-PI Senior person is someone who is not a PI, but who is important to the project - this can include a sub-contractor.
You cannot copy to an existing year
For non-Mac users, specially-coded downloadable spreadsheets can be used to prepare and save budgets offline (outside of FastLane).
Consequently, if the color or DPI resolution of an illustration, chart, or other graphic is essential to understanding the data it represents, it is recommended providing physical copies along with other the other materials that are sent to NSF.
And, finally -
The PI must click the Allow SRO Access button - which can be done any time during the proposal preparation.
It is recommended that this be done early in the process to allow sufficient time for institutional review.
When the PI has clicked the Allow SRO Access button, a notice is automatically sent to those individuals with the Institutional Management User permission to “Submit Proposals.”Electronic Submission ---Or the Connection Between PI/CoPI/Dept. and Institutional Management
Use the Check button! This is the only “shared” button that PIs/CoPIs/Department Administrators and Institutional Management Users have in the proposal submission process.
Allows the FastLane system to review the proposal and make sure that important information or forms are not missing.
The check returns a report divided into two sections: items that will not prevent submission, and items that will prevent submission.Electronic Submission - Part 2
The most common error is “There is no Current and Pending Support form for (name).” NOTE: If someone doesn’t have current and pending support, then don’t create a form.
All other errors should be taken seriously and resolved quickly. Electronic submission cannot be completed if these errors aren’t fixed.Electronic Submission - Part 3
Once the proposal has been submitted, it’s gone and can’t be changed…..