FastLane requires that the Project Description be uploaded as an acceptable file format . NSF recommends that colorized items not be included in the Project Description. The following is taken directly from the FastLane site:
"For cost and technical reasons, the Foundation cannot, at this time, reproduce proposals containing color. Therefore, PIs generally should not rely on colorized objects to make their arguments. PIs who must include in their project descriptions very high resolution graphics or other graphics where exact color representations are required for proper interpretation by the reviewer, should click on the "HIGH RESOLUTION GRAPHICS/OTHER GRAPHICS WHERE EXACT COLOR REPRESENT. IS REQUIRED FOR PROPER INTERPRETATION (GPG I.E.1)" check box on the cover sheet. FastLane will display the number of copies of the entire paper proposal (including the signed paper copy of the proposal Cover Sheet ) for use in the review process that you need to submit. This submission is in addition to, not in lieu of, the electronic submission of the proposal via FastLane. Such proposals must be postmarked (or provide a legible proof of mailing date assigned by the carrier) within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Unless the proposal contains very high resolution graphics or other graphics where exact color representations are critical to the review of the proposal, proposers should not send in paper copies."
To upload your file to the Project Description area of FastLane, click the "Go" button next to this option on the Form Selector page. The Project Description area will provide you with the mechanism to browse for, and upload, your file.
Please be aware that page length limitations exist for the Project Description. SPS strongly recommends that you review NSF’s Grant Proposal Guide to review these requirements.
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