Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

January 31, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

NSF to transition project reporting from FastLane to

As part of a government-wide effort to streamline and standardize reporting on federally funded research, the National Science Foundation will transition all project reporting from FastLane to effective March 18, 2013.  Investigators will use to meet all NSF project reporting requirements, including Final, Annual and Interim Project Reports and the Project Outcomes Report.

The new system will include a Project Reporting Dashboard where investigators and research administrators can see which reports are due and view previously submitted reports.

In advance of the transition, investigators must discontinue submitting reports through FastLane by February 1.  To accommodate the necessary freeze in FastLane reporting, the agency will extend the overdue date for all project reports currently due between January 31 and April 30, 2013.

The NSF has made information available on their website to help investigators meet the new requirements.  Click here to learn more about project reporting on

Contact your department’s OSP coordinator with questions about required reporting.

January 29, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

COS Pivot eases funding searches with improved user interface

The OVPR provides a campus-wide subscription to COS Pivot to allow faculty to search for funding and set up alerts for recently listed opportunities. An update to the database’s user interface has made it even easier to locate and track funding announcements from federal agencies, private foundations and other organizations.

COS provides live or recorded webinars where the new tool will be demonstrated. Click here to view the schedule of upcoming live webinars or to view the recorded sessions at your convenience.

Contact Blake Thomas with questions regarding using COS Pivot or setting up funding searches.

January 11, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

NSF issues new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, 2013 edition now in effect

NSF PAPPG Cover Image

The National Science Foundation’s new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide is in effect as of January 14, 2013. The guide contains revisions to merit review criteria, clarifications on indirect costs and other changes.

Alongside the release of the new procedures guide, NSF has provided supporting materials and other resources including:

  • A revised NSF Merit Review website with information on the new regulations;
  • A resource website for investigators containing presentations, fact sheets and other important links; and
  • A webinar covering all of the PAPPG revisions.  Click here to view a recording of the webinar with audio and slides (387 MB .WMV file) or click here to view the slides alone without audio (3 MB .PDF file).

Click here to access the 2013 PAPPG.