NSF Updates

Research.gov Proposal Preparation and Submission Site Now Available for Full, Research Non-Collaborative Proposals

Proposers can now prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Research.gov. The initial release of this new Research.gov capability is running in parallel with existing FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities. As a result, proposers can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov or in FastLane. Other proposal types will be added to Research.gov in the future.

  • Proposals initiated in the new system will not be available in FastLane and proposals prepared in FastLane will not be available in the new system.
  • The Proposal Status page in FastLane and Inside Fastlane will no longer be accessible. Instead, proposers or staff will be redirected to Research.gov to view Proposal status.
  • Resources including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a system capabilities release timeline are available on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page.

NSF User Management

NSF ID Lookup

Access to look up NSF IDs is restricted in Research.gov. NSF’s preference is for administrators to ask the individual investigator for their nine-digit NSF ID, if/when needed. As such, the RA role (Sponsored Projects Office-SPO) does not provide access to look up NSF ID’s. If an investigator’s NSF ID is unknown, the RA can use the email address associated with the investigator’s NSF ID to add them to a proposal cover page.

Investigator Affiliation

Investigators new to ASU must request to be affiliated with ASU within the Research.gov system. This can only be initiated by the investigator, and is a two-step process: (1) Register, and (2) Add a New Role to register with ASU. Once the role request is made, Research Operations will be notified and will complete the affiliation/role request.


NSF continually enhances guidance available on their About Account Management site. Feedback has been submitted to NSF, requesting that the SPO role be given access to lookup NSF IDs. All are encouraged to communicate additional feedback to NSF using the online Research.gov feedback form.