How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities? It will be your job to make sure they get their recommendations in on time.
Use an alternate email address. They should now be within the required length. But because you began your program in January and will have already completed some graduate study by the deadline, this is the only year you will be eligible.
You can consult your advisor s for input about this decision. How can I find out if my specific research topic is eligible? Seriously start nagging your recommenders to submit their recommendations if they have not done so already.
The NSF GRFP application requires three letters of recommendation, and each recommendation should tell the reviewers slightly different things about you, providing insight into your variety of qualifications for the fellowship.