>> Important News for NSF Grantseekers
>> Sometime in the second half of the year 2000 the National Science
>> Foundation will begin to REQUIRE (with some minor exceptions) that ALL
>> proposals prepared for NSF consideration MUST be submitted via FastLane,
>> NSF's Web-based document handling system. All researchers and others
>> planning to submit proposals to NSF's Societal Dimensions of Engineering,
>> Science & Technology Program (SDEST) and its Science & Technology Studies
>> Program (STS) should take steps to comply with this requirement by making
>> contact with their institution's Sponsored Programs Offices well in
>> advance of these programs' Summer 2000 target date of 8/1/2000.
>> After much negotiation, it appears that SDEST and STS will be
>> granted the authority to issue waivers of this requirement for proposals
>> submitted by independent scholars. Such potential applicants should keep
>> in close touch with these programs as the target date approaches to
>> determine precise mechanisms for the granting of such waivers. But once
>> this requirement goes into effect, it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that such waivers
>> could be granted to researchers affiliated with just-about ANY U.S.
>> For further information about FastLane and this requirement, please
>> consult the FastLane Website, <www.fastlane.nsf.gov>; or Gail Williams of
>> NSF's Division of Information Services ([log in to unmask]); or Philip
>> Johnson, SBE Computer Specialist ([log in to unmask]). For information
>> about the programs themselves, please contact the SDEST Program Director
>> (Rachelle Hollander; [log in to unmask]), or the STS Program Director
>> (through July 2000, Michael Sokal; [log in to unmask]).