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Working with NSF

Sponsor-specific resources related to working with the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Examples of U-M Sponsored Projects with NSF

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Tips on Working with NSF

In working with NSF, the use of Research. gov is preferred.

Fastlane, a predecessor to, is being phased out. Read more about the transition to

Most other federal sponsors use for their proposals.

  • ORSP advises against using for proposals to NSF
    • Corrections need to be made in FastLane
    • FastLane validations not applied in - 
  • New users are able to register directly through Research.govExisting users in FastLane will be migrated to the new system through a simple, one-time operation when signing in to FastLane or

Cover art page of new NSF PAPPG

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF) is updated each year.

A version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1) is now available. 

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023. Significant changes are detailed in this announcement.

The current PAPPG (NSF 22-1) guidelines continue to apply in the interim.