Funding opportunity news

March 24, 2022

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) distributes available funding opportunities on a bi-weekly basis. If you would like to receive the available funding opportunities, please sign up at . (  You can also visit the CARES website,, to view both current and past funding opportunities.

If you are working on or planning a proposal, please let Lisa Stephany know as soon as you can for assistance with your budget documents and GoldSheet or Cardinal Sheet submission. If she is not available to help, someone from the CARES Team will be happy to assist you. Please feel free to contact her at or 515-294-6175. She is also available on MS Teams.

For those of you who are interested in applying for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they will now start requiring the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to program descriptions. As a reminder, FastLane is targeted to be removed as a submission option from all funding opportunities by Dec. 31, 2022. will remain a submission option for most NSF proposals.

To assist the research community, NSF developed a dynamic listing of program descriptions that require submission in Follow these steps to determine if your proposal for a specific program description must be prepared and submitted in

  • Access the relevant program description page -- e.g., Magnetospheric Physics PD 98-5750.
  • View the advisory in the Program Guidelines section on the right side of the program description page and click on the link in the advisory:
    • Alert: Many NSF programs are only accepting proposals in or FastLane may no longer be a submission option. For more information, please visit Program Descriptions that Require Proposal Preparation and Submission in or Program Descriptions that Require Proposal Prep and Submission in>.
    • This will open a document that will identify program descriptions requiring preparation and submission and the associated effective date. This document will be updated on an ongoing basis as FastLane will be removed from all program descriptions as a proposal preparation and submission option by Dec. 31, 2022.

Nearly all FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities are now available in For details about the remaining proposal features that will soon be added to, please see the Proposal Submission Capabilities table on the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page.

To stay informed about and FastLane changes, we invite you to join our System Updates listserv. Sign up by sending a blank email to:<>.