As part of NSF’s efforts to reduce the workload associated with manually compliance checking proposals, NSF continues to focus on implementing automated proposal compliance checks. The next series of automated proposal compliance checks will be released in FastLane on July 24 to ensure that proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations comply with requirements outlined in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)).


Beginning April, 24, 2015, proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations in FastLane will undergo a series of  automated proposal compliance validation checks to ensure they comply with requirements. These checks will automatically validate a proposal for compliance against proposal sections per type of funding mechanism.


As part of the effort to modernize FastLane, NSF will transition notifications and requests from FastLane to The first step in this transition will be rolled out on March 23, 2015, when three new requests will be released in


The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program Provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research in modern foreign languages and area studies. 


NIH has released interim general conditions of NIH grant awards aligned with the HHS regulations implementing the Uniform Guidance (UG). The conditions are effective for awards issued on or after December 26, 2014 that obligate new or supplemental funds.


In preparation for this year’s  Spring break campus closure, it’s our annual reminder concerning proposal processing and submissions. ORA staff will not be available March 16-18 of Spring break week.


On January 26, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement changes in FastLane to support the revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and to run additional automated compliance checks on proposals.


For FY 2015, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235), signed into law on December 16, 2014, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The Executive Level II salary is currently set at $181,500, increasing to $183,300 effective January 11, 2015.


NIH announces a new biographical sketch format to be used in all grant applications with due dates on or after May 25, 2015.


NSF’s implementation plan for the Uniform Guidance is finalized and will take effect on December 26, 2014.  The PAPPG should be used in the preparation and submission of proposals submitted via FastLane.



social icons social icons social icons
Go Green

Office of Research Administration
Room 3112 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742-5141
Phone: 301-405-6269
Fax: 301-314-9569

Suspect Fraud? Report it here
© Copyright 2018 University of Maryland

Did You Know

UMD's Research Park is home to the NOAA National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction