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Working with NSF

NSF Proposal Review Checklist 

ORSP will check the items on this NSF Proposal Review Checklist on a standard unsolicited proposal to one of the National Science Foundation’s standing scientific programs (i.e., proposals to which the only application guideline is the above NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)(link is external), provided a finalized proposal is received within ORSP’s internal deadline and Sponsored Research Office (SRO) Access has been granted in FastLane. 

Help from NSF

For NSF questions or for NSF system access to FastLane or Research.gov, reach out to the sponsor at their NSF Help Desk by emailing rgov@nsf.gov or calling 1-800-381-1532. To hear the recording on System Availability, call 1-800-437-7408.

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

Examples of U-M Sponsored Projects with NSF

National Science Foundation

Resources, Recent News, and Updates


NSF PAPPG 2020

The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals 

NSF has developed a short reviewer orientation video that provides helpful tips for writing high-quality reviews. External peer reviews are an important part of the decision-making process and a crucial source of feedback to Principal Investigators. NSF encourages all reviewers to watch the orientation video, “
View https://tipsforreviewers.nsf.gov directly


Other Tips on Working with NSF

In working with NSF, the use of Research. gov is preferred. Fastlane, a predecessor to Grants.gov, is being phased out. Read more about the transition to Research.gov.

Most other federal sponsors use Grants.govfor their proposals.

  • ORSP advises against using Grants.gov for proposals to NSF
  • NSF is transitioning away from FastLane, and users are encouraged to use Research.gov. 
    • Corrections need to be made in FastLane
    • FastLane validations not applied in Grants.gov - 
  • New users are able to register directly through Research.gov. Existing users in FastLane will be migrated to the new system through a simple, one-time operation when signing in to FastLane or Research.gov.

FAQs

**Beginning, March 26, 2018, new users will be able to register directly through Research.gov. Existing users in Fastlane will be migrated to the new system through a simple, one-time operation when signing in to FastLane or Research.gov after the new functionality is released. 

References and Resources

  • ORSP NSF Proposal Review Checklist

    Provided a finalized proposal is received within ORSP’s internal deadline and Sponsored Research Office (SRO) Access has been granted in FastLane, ORSP will check the following items on a standard unsolicited proposal to one of the National Science Foundation’s standing scientific programs (i.e., proposals to which the only application guideline is NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG):

  • NSF - Preparing a No-Cost Extension Request Grantee-Approved No Cost Extensions and NSF-approved No Cost Extensions are now in Research.gov. 
  • Notifications and Requests - A Consolidated Listing   For a full listing of all NSF notifications and requests, please see the Award & Administration Guide (AAG), Exhibit II-1.

Questions?

ORSP Primary Contacts for NSF projects

Kullie Kennedy, Project Representative, e-mail: kulliek@umich.edu

Please note that FastLane has been the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) electronic proposal submission and award management system. To date, users have needed a user ID to access. They used to obtain that ID from ORSP. 

**Beginning, March 26, 2018, new users will be able to register directly through Research.gov. Existing users in Fastlane will be migrated to the new system through a simple, one-time operation when signing in to FastLane or Research.gov after the new functionality is released.***


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For NSF questions or for NSF system access to FastLane or Research.gov, reach out to the sponsor at their Help Desk by emailing rgov@nsf.gov or calling 1-800-381-1532. To hear the recording on System Availability, call 1-800-437-7408.