NSF Updates

An NSF Electronic Research Administration Forum was broadcast on April 12. Below is a summary of that webinar:

NSF is enforcing one ID per person

  • If your email account is tied to more than one NSF ID you will be instructed to call FastLane Help when you migrate your account to Research.gov. You will have a 30 day grace period to work in FastLane, and then you will be locked out until the issue is resolved by the Research.gov Helpdesk.


User Account Management

  • NSF philosophically does not want to share login information. Individual users should be managing their own NSF ID and password. If you know the email address associated with your profile you can use the NSF ID Lookup tool to receive your NSF ID. If you do not know your email or no longer have access to that account contact the Research.gov Helpdesk for assistance.
  • When you need to add an investigator to a cover sheet of the proposal, NSF recommends using their email to add them.
  • Job Aids and video tutorials for migrating and updating your NSF account are available on the About Account Management page.


Testing Environment

  • You can test the proposal environment in Research.gov until April 27th. All test proposals will be deleted from the system before the live launch.
  • Starting Monday, April 30, the research.gov proposal portal will be live. You may only submit non-collaborative research proposals. FastLane will remain available to submit all NSF proposals until further notice.


New Research.gov features

  • Research.gov will check for compliance on font, specific headings, and margins. Research.gov will also paginate all pages automatically. If you include page numbers in the header or footer the system may return an error.
  • If a proposal must be deleted or withdrawn in Research.gov, you will need to contact the Research.gov Helpdesk.