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Reminder: New NSF Automated Compliance Validation Checks Effective July 25, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) continues to focus on the automated compliance checks of proposals in order to decrease the burden on both the research community and NSF staff.  Effective July 25, 2016, all proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter II.C.2. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are not new requirements for NSF submissions but rather additional automated checks to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane. You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these new checks, by clicking here .The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals. “Error” notices will result in a ‘hard-stop’ and prohibit the submission of the proposal to NSF; “warnings” do not stop the submission of the proposal, though they may highlight issues that could impact its review.  You will note that most of the validation notices signal “errors” as opposed to “warnings.”

It is very important that all of the validation categories be reviewed for compliance prior to the release of the proposal to OSP for submission to NSF.