The University of Iowa

NSF Project Reporting

Where should PIs go for help with project reports?

Announcing the launch of the Demo Site in order to further improve the project reporting process. The 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, the 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 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 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 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