Revised RPPRs. Replacing FastLane with
Fall 2020

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Sponsor-Specific Updates - NSF

In this issue of The RAP - Sponsor-Specific Updates - NSF - Fall 2020:

NSF Revised Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)National Science Foundation

Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) enhanced the Project Reporting System in to implement the revised Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The RPPR is a uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally-funded research projects and research-related activities. NSF awardees use the RPPR to prepare and submit annual and final project reports to NSF.

Further details about the RPPR can be found on the About Project Reports website.

New Question for Project Reports with Active Other Support Changes

  • On October 5, 2020, NSF added the following new question to the Edit Participants screen: Has there been a change in the active other support of the PI/PD(s) since the last reporting period? If Principal Investigators (PIs)/Project Directors (PDs) and co-PIs/co-PDs select “Yes,” they will be required to upload their most up-to-date Current and Pending Support document in an NSF-approved format to notify NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made or since the most recent annual report.
  • Current and Pending Support documents not in an NSF-approved format will trigger a compliance error preventing document upload and submission of the annual or final project report.
  • The NSF-approved formats for Current and Pending Support are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.
  • The NSF Current and Pending Support website includes additional information as well as links to system-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for both NSF-approved formats. A set of policy-related FAQs related to current and pending support is also available.
  • The complete lists of FastLane and automated proposal compliance checks effective October 5, 2020, are available on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals website

Additional New Questions from the Revised RPPR

NSF added the following three questions to the "Impact" and "Changes/Problems" tabs:
  • What was the impact on teaching and educational experiences? (Impact tab);
  • What percentage of the award’s budget was spent in a foreign country? (Impact tab); and
  • Has there been a change in primary performance site location from that originally proposed? (Changes/Problems tab).

NSF-specific Updates

  • NSF-specific help text updates have been added throughout, and NSF-specific instructions have been clarified or enhanced.
  • To reduce administrative burden, NSF has consolidated data entry fields where possible. 
Current and Pending Support Format Training Resources
To learn more about the NSF-approved formats for Current and Pending Support, please view the NSF PAPPG (NSF 20-1) webinar and NSF-Approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch & Current and Pending Support Sections of NSF Proposals webinar.
SciENcv has created the following materials to guide the community through the preparation of the NSF Current and Pending Support document in SciENcv: 

NSF Update on Implementation of to Replace FastLane

On September 22, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued Important Notice (IN) 147, to update the research community on the next steps in the implementation plan for as the eventual replacement for FastLane.  

Note the important following excerpts from the NSF announcement:
  • NSF is incrementally moving the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to, with a tentative target date for completion by 2022.
  • Specific NSF funding opportunities will require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF.
  • NSF funding opportunities will specify whether submission via is available or required.
You are encouraged to read the full notice from NSF for complete details.

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