Electronic Research Administration
NSF and Grants.gov
- NSF grant applications using Grants.gov must be prepared and
submitted in accordance with the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide:
A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via
Grants.gov, and can be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf.
- NSF now has an indicator/icon on the listing of Funding Opportunities,
which means Grants.gov application submission is required. It will
be displayed on the Funding Opportunities list next to the due
- This instruction document was created to assist applicants in
the preparation and submission of applications to the NSF. It is
intended as the primary document for use in preparation of
applications using Grants.gov. Keep in mind that NSF solicitations
may establish additional requirements.
- NSF is using specific grant mechanisms to phase-in the
requirement for electronic submission using Grants.gov. Access the
NSF timeline at:
- Subscribe to Grants.gov electronic newsletter Succeed. This
electronic newsletter will notify you of the latest updates and
tips. The newsletter is available at: http://www.grants.gov/resources/newsletter.jsp.
- PIs must first be registered as a NSF FastLane user [contact
your department's contract and grant officer] prior to submitting a
grant application to Grants.gov. They can then Access FastLane to
view the status of the application that was submitted to
- When creating PDF files, NSF has published guidance on creating
PDF files acceptable for submission to FastLane. This same guidance
must be followed for all attachments submitted with the NSF
application through Grants.gov.
Failure to adhere to NSF rules for PDF files may result in
your application not being inserted into NSF's FastLane and the
application missing the opportunity's deadline or target
- Do not use Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer, as it
does not produce acceptable PDF files, except under very limited
circumstances. This can lead to NSF program officers/reviewers
seeing garbled and/or incomplete versions of a file. FastLane
recommends using one of the supported formats identified in the
Acceptable File Formats section on FastLane at
Applicants without Adobe Acrobat should use the PDF Conversion
Utility found within FastLane to convert non-PDF documents to PDF
- NSF's Grants.gov submission deadline is 5PM local (Riverside)
time on the day of the deadline.
- Use of the FastLane's Proposal File Update module to change or
correct a previously submitted application must be in conformance
with NSF policies for submission of such updates. These policies
are available in Chapter III, Section 7.3 of the NSF Grants.gov
Instruction Guide at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf.
- NSF Reference Documents:
Grant Proposal Guide
Grants.gov Application Guide