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FastLane is an interactive real-time system used to conduct NSF business over the Internet. FastLane is for official NSF use only.

  Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities are programs relevant to the ocean science community that are supported by the National Science Foundation. They can be viewed by Program Area or Alphabetically.

  Proposal Information

FastLane use is MANDATORY!

The National Science Foundation requires all proposals (including collaborative proposals) to be submitted via FastLane. The Division of Ocean Sciences FastLane representative, Kandace Binkley, can be reached at (703) 292-8582 or by sending an email to For general information about FastLane or to submit a proposal, please go to the FastLane home page.

For information on OCE programs, please see the specific program under Funding Opportunities. For general information that applies to all proposals, please see General Proposal Information.

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  Target Dates and Deadlines


Ocean Research Section and
Marine Geosciences Section

Target dates: August 15 and February 15 – Merit review panel meetings occur about 3 months after these target dates. A target date is a cutoff date for the receipt of proposals after which date the proposals will still be reviewed, but they may be delayed until the next cycle.

Proposals for field programs that require the use of University-National Oceanographic Laboratory Systems (UNOLS) ships in the following calendar year must be submitted by the February 15 Target Date. For example, proposals requesting ship time in the Calendar year 2006 must be submitted by February 15, 2005.

Integrative Program Section

Ship Operations Program Nov. 1
Oceanographic Technical Services Nov. 15
Oceanographic Instrumentation Oct. 15
Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment Dec. 1
Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination Feb. 15 and Aug. 15
Ocean Education Contact Program
Ship Acquisition and Upgrade Contact Program
Other Oceanographic Facility Activities Contact Program

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