The purpose of FastLane is to experiment with ways to use the World Wide Web to facilitate business transactions and the exchange of information between the National Science Foundation and its client community including researchers, reviewers, research administrators, and others doing business with NSF. The website is used to conduct NSF business (such as submission and review of proposals) and to disseminate information to the public.

Access to most of the features on FastLane is restricted to officials and Principal Investigators (PIs) of registered institutions. Although Gettysburg College is a registered institution in FastLane, you will not be able to use the features on the website (with the exception of the NSF Award Search) unless you have been given a PIN. If you would like access and need a PIN, please contact the Associate Provost for Faculty Development.

The following features are available on FastLane:

1. NSF Award Search. This feature allows users to query the NSF database by State, Institution, NSF Program, and fiscal year within each category. FastLane also provides lists of recent awards by week. This feature is available to the public.

2. Proposal Preparation. The PI can prepare all required NSF standard proposal forms using this option. FastLane has smart forms capability that pulls in all individual and institutional information available in the NSF mainframe database thereby minimizing the amount of information that must be typed in. When the proposal is completed, the PI clicks on the "Allow SRO Access" button. The Sponsored Research Office (SRO) then submits the proposal after putting it through the institution's regular approval process. FastLane provides checks for completeness and other information edits. The forms may be viewed and/or printed prior to submission. After submission, the Cover Sheet and Certification Page must be printed out, signed, and sent to NSF following the program's instructions.

3. Proposal Status. This feature provides NSF grant applicants (PIs) with information concerning the receipt and status of the proposals they submit. FastLane provides information about the status of that proposal including the proposal title, the date NSF received the proposal, the NSF program name, and the assigned Program Officer. FastLane also provides dates of final program approval, as well as the identification of overdue reports and other factors that might be delaying the proposal process.

4. Final Project Report. NSF grants require the submission of a Final Project Report (NSF Form 98A) within 90 days of the expiration of the grant. The PI creates and submits the Final Project Report using a report template. Both the project summary and technical information can be prepared with a word processor and then "copied and pasted" into the report.

5. Continuation Funding. The PI can check the status of the funding of his/her award.

6. Notifications & Requests. The PI can create a number of standard NSF request and notification forms and then forward them to the SRO for submission.

7. Proposal Review. Persons reviewing NSF proposals can submit ratings and comments using this application. The reviewer uses a special review PIN (specific to that proposal) to access a template that can be used to "copy and paste" reviewer comments and to record other required information. Some NSF programs require that all reviews be done on FastLane.

8. Graduate Research Fellowships. Persons wishing to apply for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships can use this application to create and submit the required forms. Letters of Reference can also be created and submitted. The deadline for submission is in November. Check the application for the exact date.

9. Medal of Science. Both nominations for recipients of the Medal of Science and Letters of Support can be created and submitted using this application. The deadline for submission is in April. Check the application for the exact date.