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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

National Science Foundation

Tips on Working with NSF

In working with NSF,  use Research. gov. Fastlane, a predecessor to, has been 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's (NSF) new PAPPG (Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide), effective for proposals with off-campus or off-site work due on or after January 30, 2023. Significant changes are detailed in this announcement.

NSF Proposals Must Certify Safe & Inclusive Environments 

NSF now requires proposers to certify that they have a plan for creating and maintaining Safe and Inclusive Working Environments for Off-Campus and Off-Site Research for that project. 

NSF recognizes that a community effort is essential to eliminate sexual and other forms of harassment in science and to build inclusive scientific climates where people can learn, grow, and thrive. U-M’s Standard Practice Guide (SPG) supports these goals.

ORSP provides important details and resources for compliance at the University of Michigan.