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  January 2013  |  Volume 4, Issue 1
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NSF Implements Fastlane Changes

On March 18, 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will transfer its current project reporting service for grant awardees from Fastlane to Research.gov. As part of the transition of project reports to Research.gov, there will be a mandatory Fastlane freeze. This means NSF awardees must stop submitting project reports in Fastlane starting on February 1, 2013. To assist the NSF grantee community with this transition, the overdue date will be extended for all project reports that are currently scheduled to become overdue between Janaury 31 and April 30, 2013. For more information, go to the Project Report Information Page.

At the grant proposal stage, changes within the Fastlane system go into effect beginning January 14, 2013. The required Project Summary in NSF grant proposals has a new format. Instead of one text box, the Project Summary will now have three text boxes to address "Overview," statement on “Intellectual Merit," and statement on "Broader Impacts." One must enter text in all three text boxes on the Project Summary page, or FastLane will not permit submission of the proposal. These Project Summary requirements apply to full proposals, postdoctoral fellowships, and SBIR/STTR proposals.

Following are additional changes which go into effect for proposals submitted on Fastlane beginning January 14, 2013:

  • Four additional proposal certifications have been introduced as part of the Cover Sheet.
  • The Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources form must be uploaded. A text box will no longer be available. The format of the form also has been revised.
  • Proposal and Panel Review forms will now have an additional question to address strengths and weaknesses of the proposal with respect to any additional solicitation-specific review criteria.

For more information about these changes, go to this NSF FAQ webpage.


Potential applicants for National Science Foundation's CAREER awards program are encouraged to attend an upcoming workshop to be held at NDSU's Memorial Union on April 18, 2013. The workshop agenda is tentatively planned from 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. Additional workshop information will be announced as it is developed. Presenters will be from The Implementation Group (TIG), a consulting firm in Washington, DC.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a highly competitive Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. CAREER awards provide five years of funding support. New proposals are accepted annually in the last week of July.

See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214 for eligibility and other detailed information about the CAREER program. NDSU has had about 15 CAREER awardees in the past 15 years.

Upcoming Events

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
"All About Grant Budgets - Pre and Post Award"
January 16, 2013, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Rose Room
Presented by Sponsored Programs Administration and Grant & Contract Accounting
This presentation will describe the grant proposal process and cover best practices for grant budgets in particular, with the goal of making the process easier and more understandable.  Staff members will offer advice to streamline grant budget development, improve grants management and prevent problems once a grant proposal becomes a grant award. Please Register >>

"Got Data? Now What? Best Practices for Managing Your Data"
January 15, 2013, 9:30–10:30 A.m. or
January 17, 2013, 2:00-3:00P.M.

NDSU Memorial Union-Arikara Room
Sponsored by the NDSU Research Data Working Group
Data Management Plans are now required as a part of many grant proposals. Learn about simple and practical strategies and tools available at NDSU to help you actively manage your data at one of these two sessions. For more information, go to www.ndsu.edu/research_data

Precision Agriculture Action Summit 2013
Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor & North Dakota Farmers Union
January 21-22, 2013
ND Farmers Union Conference Center-Jamestown, ND
This event is open to the public. Agriculture producers, researchers, agronomists, manufacturers, business leaders, economic developers, and students who are interested in hearing from experts, exchanging ideas, and learning more about precision agriculture technology, methods, and practices are welcome. See more information >>

Monthly COS Pivot Labs
COS Pivot is an online tool for conducting customized searches for grants and collaborators. Monthly COS Pivot labs are offered where NDSU faculty, staff, and students can come to a computer cluster and get hands-on help setting up grant searches and updating their Pivot account and profile. 
January 17, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m. - EML Rm. 377
February 20, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m. - Ehly Hall Rm. 119
March 12, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m. - EML Rm. 377
April 10, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m. - Ehly Hall Rm. 119

Please Register >>

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
"Grants Management: It's More Than a Grant Proposal"
February 21, 2013, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Prairie Room
Presented by Grant & Contract Accounting staff
Once a grant proposal becomes a grant award, effective management of that award is very important.  Presenters will explain cost share in grants, effort reporting, and offer additional information to help principal investigators and others involved meet grant requirements and avoid extra work and stress. Please Register >>

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