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How to Create a FASTLANE PDF file

Generate PDF Files Introduction


Print the contents of the Generate PDF Files book.


NSF converts your proposal and other documents that you create in FastLane into Portable Document Format (PDF) files. There are three reasons for this:

·       PDF files can be read on different platforms (such as Windows, Macintosh, and Unix).

·       The PDF format help ensure that the file appears as the author intends

·       NSF can ensure that the PDF file meets FastLane formatting requirements.

Upload Documents Directly to FastLane in Many Formats


FastLane recommends that you upload your documents in their original format. See Acceptable Formats for FastLane for the many formats that FastLane now accepts for uploaded files and Upload a File for instructions on how to upload a document. Embed the fontsused in your document before uploading.

Create and Upload a PDF Document


It is still acceptable to create your own PDF files for uploading, if you wish, as long as the PDF documents meet NSF formatting requirements.


Proposals often contain images, graphics, equations, and various character sets (Greek letters, for example).  To enable reviewers and NSF staff to read your file as you intend it to read, your PDF file must be complete. This means that it must contain embedded in it all the non-standard font characters that you used.

To create a PDF file that meets NSF formatting requirements, see the following:


See Generate PDF Files to see how to create PDF files from various platforms.



Note:  To ensure your PDF files meet NSF formatting requirements, please make sure that all security permission for your PDF files are set to No Security before you upload your PDF file to FastLane.  Failure to do so causes problems with the viewing and printing of your proposal. FastLane is blocking PDF files that have security permissions enabled. See Important Don'ts.