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Please see the notice below from the National Science Foundation regarding the next stage in the transition of Notifications and Requests from FastLane to

This was supposed to be rolled out on July 24th but has been postponed.  Stay tuned for updates.  Please contact our office if you have any questions.


Dear Colleagues:

As part of the effort to modernize FastLane, NSF is continuing to transition notifications and requests from FastLane to, an effort that began in April 2015. The next step in this transition will be rolled out (date TBA) when ten notifications and requests will be released in and retired from FastLane.

These notifications and requests are required by the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 15-1; see the Award and Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter II.A.2), and include the following:

  • Long-term Disengagement of the PI (Principal Investigator)/PD (Project Director) or co-PI/co-PD (Over Three Months)
  • Pre-award Costs in Excess of 90 Days
  • Significant Changes in Methods/Procedures
  • Significant Changes/Delays or Events of Unusual Interest
  • Changes in Objectives or Scope
  • Reallocation of Funds Provided for Participant Support Costs
  • Change in Person-Months Devoted to Project
  • Withdrawal of PI/PD or co-PI/co-PD
  • Rearrangements/Alterations in excess of $25,000 (Construction)
  • Conflicts of Interest

As a reminder, the following requests have been available in as of April 2015:

  • Salaries of Administrative or Clerical Staff
  • Travel Costs for Dependents
  • Additional categories of participant support costs other than those described in 2 CFR § 200.75 (such as incentives, gifts, souvenirs, t-shirts and/or memorabilia)

All remaining notifications and requests will continue to reside in FastLane and will be migrated in the future. Awardees may view the status of all notifications and requests in both FastLane and, regardless of where they were created and submitted.

Notifications and requests communicate changes in the scope, time, staff or budget of an NSF funded project. Depending on the type of change, awardee organizations must notify or request approval from NSF prior to taking action. Notifications and requests can be created and submitted by either the PIs and/or Sponsored Project Offices (SPOs), depending on the type of notification and/or request.  For a full listing of all NSF notifications and requests, please see the Award & Administration Guide (AAG), Exhibit II-1.

Please share this information with your colleagues. If you have any questions, contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188, or

Thank you,

The National Science Foundation