NSF Fastlane/Research.gov


The National Science Foundation (NSF) currently utilizes Fastlane and Research.gov as portals for grant recipients to manage organizational profiles and submitting grant proposals.  Fastlane and Research.gov are interlinked, when you’re logged into one, you’re linked to the other.    Currently, both sites can be used to submit grants, but Fastlane will eventually be phased out and Research.gov will be the only grant submitting portal for NSF.

Registering for NSF Research.gov

In order to apply for NSF funding, a user must have a Research.gov profile.  The NSF ID is a unique numerical identifier assigned to users by the NSF through a registration process. Users need an NSF ID to work on proposal and award-related activities.  Users must create and maintain their profile via their institutional OSP contact.  

Register with your OSP contact by providing them the following information:

  • Harvard email address for the registering individual
  • The role needed for the individual

Once the role has been requested, your OSP contact will receive the request electronically to approve or disapprove it.

Keep in mind:

  • Email addresses cannot be associated with more than one NSF ID.
  • If you are moving to a new organization, please update your existing account information.
  • You do not need to create an NSF account if you are changing institutions or contact information.
  • The NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) specifies that each individual user of NSF systems should not have more than one NSF ID (Chapter I.G.4).


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