FastLane Proposal Submission - Quickstart Guide


Update 3/10/2020:  Innovating and migrating proposal preparation and submission capabilities from FastLane to is part of the ongoing NSF information technology modernization efforts, as described in Important Notice No. 147. 

In support of these efforts, the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) and Discovery Research pre-K—12 (DRK-12) programs now require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals. Proposals also may continue to be submitted via use of


FastLane Proposal Submission - Quickstart Guide

This guide is designed to for those submitting a proposal for NSF funding.  While this document is not intended to be a substitute for the exhaustive FastLane Help guide, STELAR has compiled the following information to assist proposal writers to locate the Form Preparation and upload the required sections.  

There are three main parts of this document:

  • Part 1: step-by-step instructions (including screenshots) on how to navigate to the Form Preparation page of FastLane.  This page is where you’ll upload the sections of your proposal.
  • Part 2: This section provides a diagram of the Form Preparation page and the corresponding sections from the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).
  • Part 3:  brief descriptions of the sections described in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)


Additional Note: The information provided in this guide should not be used as a substitute for a thorough review of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) or your program’s solicitation.


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