Beginning on April 30, 2018, proposers will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research.gov system.
The initial release of this new Research.gov capability will run in parallel with existing FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities. As a result, proposers can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov or in FastLane starting on April 30, 2018. Other proposal types will be added to Research.gov in the future.
Note that proposals initiated in the new Research.gov system will not be available in FastLane, and proposals prepared in FastLane will not be available in the new system.
NSF is developing this new system incrementally, and as NSF migrates capabilities from FastLane to Research.gov, the Research.gov system features will expand until Research.gov eventually replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission. There will be no impact to Grants.gov and Application Submission Web Services, and NSF will continue to fully support these proposal submission methods.
The Research.gov proposal site modernizes proposal preparation and submission capabilities and focuses on enhancing the user experience and reducing administrative burden with an intuitive interface and real-time compliance checking. The new functionality provides the ability to create, submit, track, and update proposals associated with active NSF funding opportunities and furthers NSF’s goal to provide quick access to proposal information and grants management services in one location.
February 26, 2018 Research Advocate: NSF Research.gov Proposal Submission Update