Effective September 26, 2016, FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.b, for further information.
The compliance check will trigger an error message in the following circumstances:
- Project Summary text exceeds the one-page limit; and
- Project Summary text is entered and the user also uploads a “Project Summary with Special Characters” supplementary document.
Proposers should be aware that if a proposal was received by NSF prior to September 26, 2016, containing a Project Summary that complies with the previous 4,600-character limit but exceeds the one-page limit, a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal, regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.
(Note from SPO to Berkeley researchers: This means that if you update any section of a proposal that you submitted prior to September 26, you will also need to modify your Project Summary if it exceeds the one-page limit. Failure to do so will cause the proposal not to be accepted.)
Proposers should also be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal via Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.
We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution & Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management