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NSF Proposal Submissions

  • 1.  NSF Proposal Submissions

    Posted 10 days ago
    Do any campuses out there use Cayuse Proposals (424) for their NSF grant application submissions (instead of Fastlane or If so, how has it worked out? Do the proposals show up in Fastlane immediately? Do they show in at all?

    Jonathan Lew
    ERA Officer
    University of California, Irvine

  • 2.  RE: NSF Proposal Submissions

    Posted 10 days ago
    They showed up via Fastlane insertion within a few minutes after validation.

    Daniel Stoelting
    Manager for Pre-Award Services
    Virginia State University

  • 3.  RE: NSF Proposal Submissions

    Posted 10 days ago
    We are also considering using Cayuse for NSF submissions going forward, and we are wondering if the error checking mechanism in Cayuse is as robust as it seems to be in

    Anne Schauer
    Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
    Miami University

  • 4.  RE: NSF Proposal Submissions

    Posted 9 days ago
    Yes, the Proposals validations are every bit as strict as those in

    To the question of whether to use it or not, we encourage our investigators to use Proposals whenever possible. (Right now, about the only thing we can't use it for is collaborative proposals with separate submissions.) Since NSF has announced its intention to decommission FastLane by 2022, I think it's in all our best interests to start getting PIs accustomed to using the alternatives since it won't be around for much longer.

    Michael Spires
    Research Development Officer
    Oakland University
    Rochester, MI

  • 5.  RE: NSF Proposal Submissions

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hi Jonathan,

    We defer to faculty preference for submission through Cayuse S2S or Fastlane.  To date, my PI's are split pretty evenly regarding preferences.  However all use Cayuse SP for routing purposes, documentation, etc. and are very happy with the process.  If using for submission, they will generate the proposal for print, save to .pdf and upload into SP.  Once routing is complete, I will submit within or Fastlane depending on the proposal.  

    I did notice a delay in one submission from Cayuse. It wasn't immediately available but I did receive all emails very quickly.  It did appear a short time later in Fastlane. 

    I can see all submissions and their status in

    Hope this is helpful.  


    Roxanne Smith Parks
    Lamar University

  • 6.  RE: NSF Proposal Submissions

    Posted 20 hours ago
    Hi Jonathan (hope you are well!). We use 424/S2S for all NSF submissions. Most of the time, we have to resolve errors in FastLane (such as uploading additional NSF-specific forms) - looking forward to the FastLane decommissioning .

    Marta Cenac-Mehedinti
    Director of Sponsored Research
    Azusa Pacific University

  • 7.  RE: NSF Proposal Submissions

    Posted 3 hours ago
    Thanks, Marta.

    The problem is, FastLane has been "decommissioned" already for some NSF directorates.  We're submitting a proposal next week to BIO, so it would be extra helpful if you (or anyone else with experience and or suggestions) could report back on exactly what NSF-specific forms are a problem, since we won't be able to "fix it in FastLane."  :,-(

    Thanks much!

    Lisa Churchill
    Sr. Grants Information Manager
    The Salk Institute for Biological Studies