RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE Proposal Types Now Available in Research.gov

Effective today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) enabled three new proposal types in the Research.gov Proposal Submission System and in the recently launched Research.gov demo site.  These are the Rapid Response Research (RAPID), EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), and Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) proposal types.  New automated compliance checks and associated error and warning messages were also implemented.

In addition, based on feedback from the research community, NSF has removed the font type and font size automated compliance checks and compliance warning messages for Research.gov proposals to align with FastLane and NSF policy.

New and updated system-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page via the left navigation menu.

RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE Proposals

Proposers can now select a RAPID, EAGER, or RAISE proposal in the Research.gov proposal creation wizard, in addition to the existing Research proposal option.  These proposal types are also available in the Research.gov proposal preparation demo site.

New automated compliance checks for RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE proposals have been added to Research.gov and are listed on the updated Research.gov Compliance Checklist dated November 23, 2020 on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals page.  Error messages prohibit proposal submission to NSF, whereas warning messages still permit proposal submission.

Refer to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for RAPID, EAGER, and RAISE proposal requirements.

Removal of Font Type and Font Size Compliance Checks

Although the automated compliance checks and associated compliance warnings for font type and font size have been removed, proposals may still be returned without review if the font type or font size is not compliant with the PAPPG Chapter II.B.2.a.

Refer to the updated Research.gov Compliance Checklist dated November 23, 2020 on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals page for a complete listing of the current automated proposal compliance checks for Research.gov proposals.

What’s Ahead?
Research.gov is being developed incrementally, and features are expanding to support the transition of all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to Research.gov in accordance with NSF Important Notice 147: Research.gov Implementation Update issued September 22, 2020.  Please refer to the new Proposal Submission Capabilities list on the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page left navigation menu to see what is in development.

Questions?  If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via rgov@nsf.gov.  Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF on November 24, 2020

NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter: Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) – through its Directorates for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Geosciences (GEO), Biological Sciences (BIO), Education and Human Resources (EHR), and the Office of Integrated Activities (OIA) – seeks to stimulate fundamental exploratory, potentially transformative research that strengthens America’s infrastructure. Effective infrastructure, whether it be physical, cyber, or social, provides a strong foundation for socioeconomic vitality and broad quality of life improvement.  Strong, reliable, and effective infrastructure spurs private-sector innovation, grows the economy, creates jobs, makes public-sector service provision more efficient, strengthens communities, promotes equal opportunity, protects the natural environment, enhances national security, and fuels American leadership.  To achieve these goals requires expertise from across the science and engineering disciplines.  In particular, knowledge of human reasoning and decision making, governance, and social and cultural processes are essential to efforts to envision, build, and maintain an effective infrastructure that improves lives and society and builds on advances in technology and engineering.

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invites workshop and Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals that incorporate scientific insights about human behavior and social dynamics to better develop, design, build, rehabilitate, and maintain strong and effective American infrastructure.  (Workshops associated with this DCL are identified as Conference proposals in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and will hereafter be referred to as “conferences.”)  The DCL is intended to support exploratory work, in its early stages, on untested but potentially transformative research ideas or approaches that can identify and help build this new area of research.  The activities NSF hopes to stimulate with this DCL may be considered especially “high risk – high reward” in the sense that the Foundation seeks radically different approaches, application of new expertise, or engagement of novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.


When people rent or purchase a home, register to vote, enroll their children in school, or check their cellphones for warnings of an impending storm, they rely on critical infrastructure.  Businesses rely on critical infrastructure to acquire loans and communicate with customers, and to protect their security and assets.  Cities, towns, and rural and tribal areas rely on extensive networks of a built and civic infrastructure.  And scientific progress depends on a substantial research ecosystem infrastructure.  Strong, effective infrastructure stimulates innovation and job growth, enables discovery and generation of new knowledge, provides safety and security, improves quality of life, and facilitates community welfare for many years into the future.

Many infrastructure projects entail extensive planning and large initial costs.  Substantial initial infrastructure investments are worthwhile to the extent they provide long-term benefit and meet the needs of all people for a range of functions.  Building such effective infrastructure requires understanding economic and social dynamics, and the perceptions and choices of many diverse individuals and communities. Whether involving transportation, security, health, education, communication, or other essential services, infrastructure design that puts people and social welfare first, is more likely to gain public support, to function more effectively, and to be less expensive to build and maintain.

The large costs and potentially large benefits of infrastructure investments mean that it is essential for people who build or maintain infrastructure to understand and incorporate relevant human and social factors in the earliest stages of design.  For example, transportation infrastructure to support automated vehicles will require advance knowledge of economic and social structural influences on people’s transportation choices, as well as human perceptual and cognitive responses in a wide range of critical decision-making and task-switching scenarios.  Infrastructure developed to expand economic opportunity is likely to be more effective if it takes into account recent evidence concerning explicit and implicit human biases, as well as from discoveries regarding how social structures affect opportunity across social groups.  Infrastructure designed to increase the speed and effectiveness of disaster response will work more effectively if its design is informed by often complex cultural and human trust contingencies and differences in group access to response resources.  Healthcare and other public infrastructure that is reliant on the provision of fast and accurate information will be more effective if built from a knowledge base that includes dynamics of how people process information and misinformation and how this changes under stress, as well as how social constraints foster or inhibit use of such infrastructure.  How people interact with their environment is critical to understanding consequences of large-scale infrastructure projects such as highways, dams, or levees.


With this DCL, the NSF seeks to build research capacity that can address these and many other challenging infrastructure contexts that require a human- and-social-centered approach.  NSF anticipates nurturing and growing a research community in SAI over the longer term. This DCL constitutes the first step in that direction.  We invite conference and EAGER proposals that will bring together experts across disciplines to support substantial and potentially pathbreaking, untested fundamental research grounded in user-centered concepts and offering the potential to substantially improve or transform the design, use, development, cost-effectiveness, or maintenance of U.S. infrastructure.  These proposals should include a central focus on at least one SBE program area with the lead PI being an expert in social, behavioral, or economic science.  Proposals must also demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach beyond that of any single Program or NSF Directorate.

NSF is particularly interested in proposals that integrate a deep understanding of human cognition, perception, information processing, decision making, social and cultural behavior, legal frameworks, governmental structures, and related areas into the design, development, and sustainability of infrastructure.  Infrastructure may be of any kind, including cyber, economic, educational, physical, and social.

NSF is also interested in proposals that include development of new or improved performance metrics that can help stakeholders more effectively and efficiently assess infrastructure usability, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, resilience, and adaptability to changing circumstances.

NSF welcomes proposals that include efforts to broaden participation of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) in the development of the research agendas.  Proposals from MSIs are encouraged, as are opportunities for participation by undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, K-12 students, industry representatives, and others.  Public-private partnerships can also be proposed for conferences.


Proposals should reflect novel interdisciplinary and cross-Directorate approaches; however, each proposal submitted in response to this DCL must be grounded in a human- and/or social-centered approach to designing, building, and sustaining infrastructure.  To facilitate effective review, proposal titles for conferences must begin with “Conference: SAI,” and proposal titles for EAGERs must begin with “EAGER: SAI.”  Proposals of either type should identify both the relevant SBE program area(s) and the specific infrastructure that is being addressed; proposals must be submitted to the SAI Program (PD 21-145Y).

Proposals submitted in response to this DCL should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidelines contained in the most recent PAPPG.


Conference proposals submitted in response to this DCL must be submitted by November 30, 2020.  Initial inquiries to NSF-SAI@nsf.gov are encouraged to determine fit.  Awards funded in this category will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $50,000 for the total budget (including indirect costs).  Proposers should clearly outline how the conference activity will contribute to developing novel potentially transformative interdisciplinary research, the participant groups, anticipated target audience to be engaged and the plan to disseminate the findings after the conference(s).  Convening events can take the form of conferences or other types of meetings and can include multiple sequential events.  See PAPPG Chapter II.E.7 for specific instructions about preparing Conference proposals.  Conference proposals must be submitted via FastLane or Grants.gov.


Prior to submission, potential research teams are required to send a research concept outline, including project title, team members, institutions involved, and a summary of the project concept (up to two pages) by email to NSF-SAI@nsf.gov.  To ensure proper processing, the subject line of the initial email inquiry should begin with: “EAGER: SAI-E”.  Concept outlines should be submitted by December 11, 2020 (earlier if possible).  NSF Program Directors will review the research concept outlines and will authorize those that fall within the scope of this DCL for submission of a full EAGER proposal.  Proposals submitted without written authorization from an NSF Program Director will be returned without review.

Full proposal submissions are due January 15, 2021 and will only be accepted if accompanied by written (email) authorization to submit (obtained in response to the research concept outline).  Proposers should upload the email documentation from the NSF Program Director in the Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

EAGER proposals in response to this DCL should adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Research teams should show demonstrated expertise in the SBE sciences and at least one of the research areas represented by other participating directorates (ENG, CISE, GEO, MPS, BIO, EHR, and OIA) related to infrastructure.  An individual may participate as a PI or co-PI in only one EAGER proposal pursuant to this DCL.  However, individuals named as a PI or co-PI in an EAGER proposal may also participate in one or more Conference proposals.
  2. Proposals should describe how each participating discipline will contribute to intellectual merit and broader impacts for strengthening American infrastructure.  The research should be interdependent and integrated, contribute novel understanding, and provide innovation in addressing infrastructure challenges.
  3. EAGER is a funding mechanism for supporting exploratory work, in its early stages, on untested but potentially transformative research ideas or approaches.  Thus, proposals responsive to this DCL must include a section stating the appropriateness for an EAGER award (for instance, proposals submitted in response to this DCL may be “high-risk, high-reward” by way of involving radically different approaches, applying new expertise, or engaging novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives).  EAGER proposals may request up to $300,000 in total costs over two years (including indirect costs).

See PAPPG Chapter II.E.2 for specific instructions about preparing EAGER proposals.  EAGER proposals may be submitted via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.

Inquiries about the DCL, general inquiries, and questions about submission of SAI proposals should be directed to NSF-SAI@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF on November 8, 2020

NSF Revision of Award Terms and Conditions Effective on November 12, 2020

The following sets of NSF Award Conditions have been updated for consistency with the revised 2 CFR §200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards:

  • Grant General Conditions (GC-1);
  • Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CAFATC); and
  • Cooperative Agreement Modifications and Supplemental Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions for Major Multi-User Research Facility Projects and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.

The revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing awards made on or after November 12, 2020.

The terms and conditions incorporate revised 2 CFR §200 coverage including: requirements for award termination and enforcement; compliance with Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which prohibits the use of Federal assistance funding on certain telecommunications and video surveillance services or equipment;  as well as other significant changes and clarifications.   All sets of award conditions are accompanied by a summary of changes made to that document.

NSF will separately announce the release of the Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (RTC), as well as the Administration of NSF Conference or Group Travel Award Grant Conditions (FL-26).

Questions about NSF award conditions may be sent to policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by Jean Feldman, NSF on November 6, 2020


NIH Releases New Policy for Data Management and Sharing

Nearly twenty years after the publication of the Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data in 2003, NIH has released a Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing.  This represents the agency’s continued commitment to share and make broadly available the results of publicly funded biomedical research.  They hope it will be a critical step in moving towards a culture change, in which data management and sharing is seen as integral to the conduct of research.  Responsible data management and sharing is good for science; it maximizes availability of data to the best and brightest minds, underlies reproducibility, honors the participation of human participants by ensuring their data is both protected and fully utilized, and provides an element of transparency to ensure public trust and accountability.

This policy has been years in the making and has benefited enormously from feedback and input from stakeholders throughout the process. NIH is grateful to all those who took the time to comment on Request for Information, the Draft policy, or to participate in workshops or Tribal consultations.  That thoughtful feedback has helped shape the Final policy, which NIH believes strikes a balance between reasonable expectations for data sharing and flexibility to allow for a diversity of data types and circumstances.  How NIH incorporated public comments and decision points that led to the Final policy are detailed in the Preamble to the DMS policy.

The Final policy applies to all research funded or conducted by NIH that results in the generation of scientific data.  The Final Policy has two main requirements (1) the submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (Plan); and (2) compliance with the approved Plan.  NIH is asking for Plans at the time of submission of the application, because they believe planning and budgeting for data management and sharing needs to occur hand in hand with planning the research itself.  NIH recognizes that science evolves throughout the research process, which is why they have built in the ability to update DMS Plans, but at the end of the day, they are expecting investigators and institutions to be accountable to the Plans they have laid out for themselves.

NIH strongly suspects they will hear both from those who think NIH should have gone farther and required that all data resulting from NIH-funded research be shared, regardless of extenuating factors, and those who think they have gone too far in requiring all applicants to develop a Plan.  Which perhaps means they’ve gotten it just right!  For some investigators and disciplines, who have been at the forefront of data sharing, this will be very familiar; for others, this will be new territory.  Anticipating that variation in readiness, and in recognition of the cultural change we are trying to seed, there is a two-year implementation period.  This time will be spent developing the information, support, and tools that the biomedical enterprise will need to comply with this new policy.  NIH has already provided additional supplementary information – on (1) elements of a data management and sharing plan; (2) allowable costs; and (3) selecting a data repository – in concert with the policy release.

As NIH Director Francis Collins notes in his Director’s Statement today, the novel coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of making research data broadly accessible.  But even as the world struggles with this acute global crisis, it is important to note that NIH is in an extraordinary time in biomedical science, where new technologies, data science, and understanding of fundamental biology are converging to accelerate the pace of discovery and medical advancement.  The Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing builds on those exciting opportunities, and they look forward to working with their stakeholders to fulfill its vision.

***This post was originally published by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy on October 29, 2020 in the NIH’s Office of Science Policy Under the Poliscope blog.***

Reminder: Automated Trainee Diversity Report Required with RPPRs for Most T, K and Research Education Awards Beginning October 30, 2020

An automatically generated Trainee Diversity Report will replace the manual report that signing officials are required to submit with Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) for most institutional training, career development awards and research education grants, effective October 30, 2020.  The automated report will leverage existing electronic demographic data entered by trainees in the Personal Profile of eRA Commons to minimize the need for manual data entry by recipients and reduce their burden.

The report can be generated by recipients from the xTrain and RPPR modules and the signing official (SO) will submit the RPPR with the automated report.

The eRA system will check whether the RPPRs for the specified grant types include an electronically generated Trainee Diversity Report. RPPRs lacking an electronically generated report will not be accepted.

Recipient organizations should encourage trainees to keep their information updated in their Personal Profiles, as the Trainee Diversity Report will be most accurate if the profile is complete.


Original post by NIH Staff on October 23, 2020

Institutions to Submit FCOI Policy Electronically in eRA Commons, Effective November 12, 2020

NIH requires institutions to maintain an up-to-date, written, and enforced policy to identify and manage Investigator Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) and to post the policy on their publicly accessible website.  Starting November 12, 2020, NIH recipients will be required to submit their publicly assessible FCOI policy to NIH via the eRA Commons Institution Profile (IPF) Module.

This new feature will apply to all NIH applicants and/or recipients, with the exception of Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) applicants and/or recipients. (See NIH GPS Section 4.1.10 Financial Conflict of Interest for more information).  This new feature does not change the current requirements.

A PDF of the FCOI policy must be uploaded to the IPF by the institutional signing official (SO) under a new tab labeled “Policy Documents.”

Screenshot of the top of the IPF, highlighting the new Policy Documents tab

Screenshot of the top of the eRA Commons Institution Profile (IPF), highlighting the new Policy Documents tab

The information is provided on an institutional level as part of an institution’s IPF, rather than on a grant-specific level, so it is not necessary to submit the FCOI policy with each grant application.

While the requirement goes into effect in November, NIH recognizes that recipients will need time to modify their internal systems in order to comply.  Therefore, applicants and recipients have until December 1, 2020 to comply with this requirement.  The new feature within the IPF screen becomes available on November 12, 2020.

Note that noncompliance with this requirement as of December 1, 2020 may cause NIH to delay the issuance of awards, impose specific award conditions or take other enforcement actions.

NIH will review the submitted FCOI policies to ensure compliance.


Original post by NIH Staff on October 23, 2020

NSF Demo Site for Research.gov Proposal Preparation Now Available!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched the Research.gov proposal preparation demonstration site.  The new demo site offers proposers the opportunity to create proposals in Research.gov with the role of a Principal Investigator (PI) prior to preparing and submitting proposals in the actual Research.gov Proposal Submission System.  They invite you to try the Research.gov proposal preparation features on the new demo site, such as:

  • Initiating Research proposals (other proposal types will be added to the demo site as they are enabled in the actual system):
    • Single submissions from one organization
    • Collaborative proposals with subawards
    • Separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations
  • Adding co-PIs, Senior Personnel, and Other Authorized Users (OAUs)
  • Uploading required and optional proposal documents
  • Creating budgets
  • Checking proposal compliance
  • Adding subawards
  • Linking collaborative proposals
  • Enabling Sponsored Project Officer (SPO)/Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) access

What You Need to Know About the New Research.gov Demo Site

  • All users must sign in to Research.gov with an NSF ID or primary email address to access the demo site.
    • Users without an NSF account (i.e., NSF ID) will first need to register for one to use the demo site.
    • Users who already have an NSF ID must not register for another NSF ID for demo site use. As a reminder, each individual user of NSF systems (e.g., FastLane and Research.gov) should not have more than one NSF ID, per the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide Chapter I.G.3.
  • A red “Proposal Preparation Demo Site” banner is at the top of each demo site page to indicate the user is using the demo site.
  • Each user will be given the PI role for demo site purposes only. No other user roles (e.g., SPO and AOR) are available on the demo site or are needed to use the demo site.
  • The demo site does not support proposal submission to NSF and will not trigger any system-generated email notifications.
  • Proposals created on the demo site will be deleted after six months.  Neither NSF staff nor users will be able to access deleted proposal data from the demo site.
  • Demo site proposals will not be available on the actual Research.gov Proposal Submission System, and proposals cannot be transferred between the demo site and the actual system.
  • For further demo site details, please see the demo site Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) available via the Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission page left navigation menu.  A set of topic-specific video tutorials is also available.

Accessing the Research.gov Proposal Preparation Demo Site

To access the Research.gov demo site, you must have an NSF account (i.e., NSF ID) and be signed in to Research.gov.

  • If you have an NSF account:
  • If you do not have an NSF account:
    • Open Research.gov.
    • Use the Register tab located on the top right of the screen to create an NSF account.
    • Input the requested account registration information.

Important Note: Your primary registered email address will be used for NSF account notifications including password resets and can be used to sign in to Research.gov.  Please ensure that you have ongoing access to your primary registered email (e.g., a personal email address), even if you change organizations.  Refer to the Research.gov About Account Management page for additional registration guidance.

Retirement of FastLane Demo Site

The FastLane demo site has been retired, however, we encourage you to try the new Research.gov proposal preparation demo site. In accordance with Important Notice No. 147: Research.gov Implementation Update, NSF is taking proactive steps to incrementally move the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to Research.gov.

Enhancements Coming Soon to Research.gov

Effective in late November 2020, NSF will:

  • Enable the following proposal types on Research.gov and on the new Research.gov proposal preparation demo site:
    • Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
    • EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)
    • Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE)
  • Remove the font type and font size compliance checks and associated warning messages per feedback from the research community.

Stay tuned for additional information about these updates in the next couple of weeks.

Questions? If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via rgov@nsf.gov.  Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by Jean Feldman/NSF on October 27, 2020

Reminder: NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications

The use of hypertext (e.g. hyperlinks and URLS) in NIH applications is restricted due to concerns including reviewer confidentiality, “overstuffing” applications, review consistency, and malware.

There is no change in the NIH policy on the use of hyperlinks.  The policy, documented in the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and a recent reminder Guide Notice, reads:

  • Hyperlinks and URLs are only allowed when specifically noted in funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and form field instructions.  The use of hyperlinks is typically limited to citing relevant publications in biosketches and publication lists.  It is highly unusual for a FOA to allow links in Specific Aims, Research Strategy and other page-limited attachments.
  • Hyperlinks and URLs may not be used to provide information necessary to application review.
  • Reviewers are instructed against viewing linked sites and are cautioned that they should not directly access a website (unless the link to the site was specifically requested in application instructions) as it could compromise their anonymity and allow for malware to be downloaded onto their computers.
  • When allowed, you must hyperlink the actual URL text so it appears on the page rather than hiding the URL behind a specific word or phrase. Example:

Applications that do not follow these instructions, and include unallowable hyperlinks, may be withdrawn from review and funding consideration.

Original post by NIH Staff on October 1, 2020

NSF Updates to the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) – Coming Soon!

Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will enhance the Project Reporting System in Research.gov to implement the revised Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).  The RPPR is a uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally funded research projects and research related activities.  NSF awardees use the RPPR to prepare and submit annual and final project reports to NSF.  Further details about the RPPR can be found on the Research.gov About Project Reports website.


New Question Added for Project Reports with Active Other Support Changes

  • On October 5, 2020, NSF will add the following new question to the Edit Participants screen: Has there been a change in the active other support of the PI/PD(s) since the last reporting period?  If Principal Investigators (PIs)/Project Directors (PDs) and co-PIs/co-PDs select “Yes,” they will be required to upload their most up-to-date Current and Pending Support document in an NSF-approved format to notify NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made or since the most recent annual report.
  • Current and Pending Support documents not in an NSF-approved format will trigger a compliance error preventing document upload and submission of the annual or final project report.
  • The NSF-approved formats for Current and Pending Support are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.
  • The NSF Current and Pending Support website includes additional information as well as links to system-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for both NSF-approved formats.  A set of policy-related FAQs related to current and pending support is also available.
  • The complete lists of FastLane and Research.gov automated proposal compliance checks effective October 5, 2020, are available on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals website.


Additional New Questions from the Revised RPPR

Beginning October 5, 2020, NSF will also add the following three questions to the “Impact” and “Changes/Problems” tabs:

  • What was the impact on teaching and educational experiences? (Impact tab);
  • What percentage of the award’s budget was spent in a foreign country? (Impact tab); and
  • Has there been a change in primary performance site location from that originally proposed? (Changes/Problems tab).


NSF-specific Updates

  • NSF-specific help text updates have been added throughout, and NSF-specific instructions have been clarified or enhanced.
  • To reduce administrative burden, NSF has consolidated data entry fields where possible.


Current and Pending Support Format Training Resources

To learn more about the NSF-approved formats for Current and Pending Support, please view the NSF PAPPG (NSF 20-1) webinar and NSF-Approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch & Current and Pending Support Sections of NSF Proposals webinar.

SciENcv has created the following materials to guide the community through the preparation of the NSF Current and Pending Support document in SciENcv:


Questions? Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.  If you have IT system-related or technical questions regarding the NSF-approved formats or the Research.gov Project Reporting System, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via rgov@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF on September 28, 2020

Primary Email Address Option for Research.gov Sign-in and NSF Account Password Recovery Begins 9/28/2020

Previously, in March 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) introduced a new centralized account registration process in Research.gov for the research community that provides each user with a single profile and unique identifier (i.e., NSF ID) for signing in to FastLane and Research.gov for proposal and award activities and the ability for each user to manage their own profile.

Effective September 28, 2020, NSF will enhance the research community sign-in process by providing the option to use an individual’s primary email address to sign in to Research.gov and for NSF account password recovery.  Users will still be able to sign in to Research.gov with their NSF ID as they do currently or with their organization-issued credentials if the organization participates in the InCommon Federation.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Effective September 28, 2020, the Research.gov Sign-in page will include three sign-in options:
    • Primary email address + password (new option)
    • NSF ID + password (existing option)
    • Organization-issued Credentials (InCommon Federation participating organizations only) (existing option)
  • Also effective September 28, 2020, users will be able to enter either their primary email address or their NSF ID for NSF account password recovery.
  • The user’s primary email address is the one they registered with on Research.gov, and this email address is displayed on their Research.gov My Profile page.
  • This change is intended to make it easier for users to remember their Research.gov sign-in information, as well as to align with the industry standards for sign-in using an email address.

Account Management Resources

Additional information about NSF accounts and the primary email address is available on the Research.gov About Account Management page.  An updated Account Management Guide and updated Frequently Asked Questions will be available on the Research.gov About Account Management page on September 28, 2020.

Questions? If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via rgov@nsf.gov.

Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Original post by NSF  9/21/2020