National Science Foundation (NSF)
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective 10/4/21
Beginning in January 2023, all new proposals must be prepared and submitted in Research.gov or Grants.gov. FastLane will no longer be a preparation and submission option.
New biographical sketch format and submission
Use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support . The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.
Multiple training resources are available on the SciENcv website.
How to Generate an NSF Biosketch (pdf)
Current and Pending Support FAQs
CONFERENCE SESSIONS AVAILABLE: All recorded conference sessions from the NSF virtual conference held in Spring 2022 are available on NSF’s Policy Office Outreach website: https://nsfpolicyoutreach.com/ in the Resource Center. Recordings can also be viewed on the NSF YouTube page.
While some NSF solicitations may require you to submit your application through the NSF Research.gov/FastLane system or through the federal Grants.gov system, most will allow you to choose between the two systems. When given the option, please use NSF Research.gov/FastLane; it's an easier system and provides a direct submission path to NSF.
- Research.gov/FastLane Registration
Whether using Research.gov/FastLane to submit the application, you'll need an NSF account. To establish an account, please go to Research.gov, Click on Register in the upper right to establish your account. Once you register DSP will validate your registration. After validation you can initiate your Research.gov/Fastlane proposal, check your proposal status; and complete a number of other critical tasks.
- Grants.gov Registration
The Grants.gov system requires an institutional, rather than individual, registration. The DSP maintains the UI's Grants.gov registration. You need not, and should not, register as an individual investigator to use the Grants.gov system.
To initiate a proposal in Research.gov by following the steps outlined below:
- Open Research.gov and click “Sign In” located at the top right of the screen;
- Enter your NSF ID and password and click “Sign In;”
- From the Research.gov "My Desktop" page, click "New! Prepare Proposals (Limited proposal types)" in the "Prepare & Submit Proposals tile" or go to this option from the top navigation bar by selecting the "Prepare & Submit Proposals" tab and clicking on "New! Prepare Proposals (Limited proposal types);"
- Select the "Prepare Proposal" option in the "Prepare New Proposal" tile on the left side of the Proposal Preparation page; and
- Follow the five-step proposal wizard to set up the proposal.
After completing the initiation steps, you are ready to complete all required and optional sections of your proposal and then submit it to NSF.
Normally the specific solicitation guidelines supplement, rather than replace, the general NSF guidelines. If, though, the two sources conflict, the solicitation guidelines prevail.
Common application errors
- Make sure you use the correct Collaborators & Other Affiliations template. (Table 1, 2, 3. NOT Table A, B, C)
- Check that your grant title doesn’t need a special prefix.
- Create an NSF biosketch here so you’re sure of the format.
- Include this statement on your budget justification: For NSF purposes The University of Iowa defines a year as January 1 – December 31.
- Remember font size and margins.
- Remember page limits where applicable.
- Remember that the funding announcement overrides the PAPPG but you need to use both to build your application.
- Be sure to include the grant your applying in your Current & Pending support page.
- Remember you need to show effort on all listings on your Current & Pending support page.
- If you have a postdoc you’ll need a Postdoc plan.
NSF Project Reporting
Where should PIs go for help with project reports?
Announcing the launch of the Research.gov Demo Site in order to further improve the project reporting process. The Research.gov Demo Site provides National Science Foundation (NSF) awardees (specifically PIs, co-PIs and Sponsored Project Office staff) the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with preparing, submitting, and reviewing NSF project reports without actually submitting a real report.
Since the transition of project reporting from FastLane to Research.gov, the Research.gov Team has been working diligently with NSF Staff and Awardees to identify and implement solutions to the challenges faced by the research community when submitting project reports. As part of this effort, the Team heard how helpful awardees find the FastLane Demo Site and has prioritized and developed a Research.gov Demo Site. The Demo Site will help reduce user confusion around submitting a project report by providing a platform for practicing how to use the tool. Additionally, the Research.gov Team is developing an instructional video tutorial on submitting project reports to assist NSF awardees.
While NSF awardees can practice preparing, submitting and reviewing NSF project reports on the Demo Site, not all functionality available in Research.gov is available in the Demo site, including:
- Project Outcomes Reports and previously submitted reports will not be accessible
- Submission confirmation emails will not get sent
- The search performed against Thompson Web of Science will only produce sample results
- The Check Report Completeness link will produce a sample list of missing information (will not display missing fields from the demo report).
- Updates you make to the example reports will be saved but can be overwritten by other user sessions, and the example reports are reset nightly
NSF project reports -- Annual, Interim, Final, and Project Outcome Reports -- have been transferred from FastLane to Research.gov. Your NSF FastLane login credentials will also give you access to RESEARCH.gov.
No-Cost Time Extensions should be requested through Research.gov
1) Hover over Awards & Reporting
2) Click on Notifications & Requests
3) Click Prepare New
4) Follow directions from there