Issuance of Important Notice (IN) 147 from the National Science Foundation - Implementation Update

Sept. 23, 2020

The NSF has posted Director Panchanathan’s Important Notice (IN) 147, Implementation Update, dated September 22, 2020, to the NSF website.  This notice announces the transition from FastLane to  In the coming weeks and months,  NSF will begin making changes to specific funding opportunities to require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF (though they will continue to permit proposals to be submitted via during this time).  

Specific details include:

  • The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will soon require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to its core programs that do not have deadline dates.
  • NSF funding opportunities will clearly specify whether submission via is available or required.
  • NSF is developing additional training materials to meet the needs of the community. This includes video tutorials, Frequently Asked Questions, step-by-step guides and a demonstration site. Current training materials are available on the About site.

The NSF encourages the community to become familiar with and to begin using it for the preparation and submission of proposals, as well as to provide NSF with valuable feedback.

For additional information, FAQs, opportunities for training and to provide feedback to the NSF, please visit