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Proposal Preparation and Submission

About Proposal Preparation and Submission

The Proposal Submission System modernizes proposal preparation and submission capabilities by improving the user experience while also reducing administrative burden through an intuitive interface and expanded automated proposal compliance checking. The new system is being developed incrementally and as capabilities are migrated from FastLane to, the system features will expand until it eventually replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission.

Access the Proposal Submission System

Explore the Proposal Preparation Demo Site

Current and Future Capabilities

Now supporting Full, Research proposals that are:

  • Single submissions from one organization
  • Single submission collaborative proposals from one organization (collaborative proposals with subawards)
  • Separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations

View the Proposal Submission System Current and Future Capabilities to see what's ahead.

Why Prepare Proposals in
  • Fast and easy Proposal Setup Wizard
  • Less than five minutes to quickly find funding opportunities, initiate a proposal, and give access to administrative staff
  • Expanded compliance checking (View compliance checks  )
  • Immediate compliance feedback upon proposal section upload
  • Higher quality proposal submissions (e.g., PDF uploads are not altered)
  • Avoidance of Return without Reviews due to formatting issues
  • On-screen references to relevant sections of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
  • Reduced need to call the NSF Help Desk for proposal assistance
  • Better management of personnel and subawardees
  • Less clutter, more organization
  • Improved performance
  • Less system downtime
Help NSF Build the New System and Influence the Future of Proposal Submission

NSF encourages the research community to use for proposal preparation and submission. As NSF continues to enhance the new system, vital feedback from the community is being incorporated during the development process.

There are multiple ways to provide feedback and stay informed: