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NSF is soliciting feedback from FastLane and users as part of their multi-year initiative to modernize the foundation’s proposal submission and grants management systems. Some of you may have received the email below. While it refers to PIs and SPOs, a number of the questions are relevant to other users. Therefore, we have been asked to distribute it, widely, to our users.

The survey is just one way in which NSF is collecting feedback. They also host Electronic Research Administration Forums two times a year. The NSF Electronic Research Administration Forum website provides presentations and FAQs from past forums, and a link to register for email notifications about future forums. We encourage researchers and administrators to participate in both the survey and future forums.

2019 NSF Principal Investigator/Sponsored Project Office Survey Transmittal Email

TO: PIs/co-PIs and SPOs

Dear Colleague:

You have been invited to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) survey because you are a Principal Investigator (PI)/co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) or Sponsored Project Office (SPO) who recently submitted a proposal to NSF. NSF is seeking your feedback on existing FastLane and business functionalities as part of the Foundation’s multi-year initiative to help PIs/co-PIs and SPOs more efficiently and effectively prepare and submit NSF proposals, manage NSF awards, and conduct business with NSF.

Please complete the 2019 NSF PI/SPO Survey (Survey is closed).

The 2019 NSF PI/SPO Survey is a follow-up to the 2015 NSF Proposal Submission Modernization Survey which guided NSF’s Proposal Submission Modernization (PSM) efforts. The 2019 PI/SPO Survey will survey PIs/Co-PIs and SPOs on Proposal Submission Modernization to solicit feedback to improve user experience and to decrease administrative burden.

Your input on the 2019 survey is very important and will better inform NSF’s understanding of PI and SPO satisfaction and challenges in using NSF systems and will help identify opportunities for improvement.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Note that all survey responses will be anonymous, and survey results will be reported in such a way that no single individual can be identified. Your participation is completely voluntary, and your decision to partake or not to partake in this survey will not adversely affect consideration of any pending or future NSF proposals. The survey will close on July 1, 2019.

NSF greatly appreciates your feedback which will be consolidated and used to guide continuing IT system modernization efforts. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Thank you in advance for your vital input.

Best regards,

Dorothy Aronson, National Science Foundation, Chief Information Officer
Teresa Grancorvitz, National Science Foundation, Chief Financial Officer

Pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(b), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this collection is 3145-0157. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 10 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions. Send comments regarding this burden estimate and any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA.

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