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NSF FastLane, to shut down Nov. 8-12

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Posted October 28, 2019 by Tiffany Lee

In order to migrate its business applications to a modern and flexible platform, the National Science Foundation will shut down its FastLane and systems between Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. CST and Nov. 12 at 5 a.m. CST.

During the outage, there will be no access to the websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane or, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in Nebraska researchers intending to prepare or submit proposals around this timeframe are encouraged to plan ahead.

Following the shutdown, previously saved information and uploaded documents in both systems, including in-progress proposals and project reports, will be accessible.

NSF will also use the systems downtime to upgrade the alpha-numeric character set used by FastLane and, which will correct certain text errors, such as special characters displaying as question marks in proposals and project reports.

The outage was scheduled over Veterans Day weekend to minimize the impact on researchers and NSF staff.

For system-related questions, contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Direct policy-related questions to

Nebraska researchers can contact associate director of sponsored programs Suzan Lund, 472-1930, for more information.

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