The National Science Foundation (NSF) is implementing a significant change in the way Principal Investigators (PIs) (and co-PIs) report on their NSF-funded projects. Beginning on March 18, 2013, PIs will be required to submit their annual, final and interim project reports in Research.gov, NSF’s modernization of FastLane.
This change is result of the Foundation's implementation of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). This new format will result in benefits to grantees and NSF staff including:
• A consolidated project reporting dashboard that includes the Annual, Final, Interim, and Project Outcomes Reports;
• A more structured collection of the project reports data for enhanced NSF use; and
• The adoption of a federal-wide data dictionary to increase the consistency of implementation across federal research agencies.
In order to prepare for the migration to Research.gov, NSF requests that PIs stop submitting new project reports through FastLane on February 1, 2013. They also urge submission to NSF of any due or overdue project reports prior to this date. Any reports that are prepared in FastLane prior to the February1st, but are not submitted, may need to be re-entered into Research.gov.
Beginning March 15, 2013, PIs will no longer be able to access the FastLane Project Reporting System. Instead, they will be re-directed to Research.gov where they will be able to log-in with their NSF ID and password in order to prepare and submit reports.
Visit Research.gov Project Reports for additional information including fact sheets, frequently asked questions and a Getting Started guide.
The Research.gov Help Desk can be reached at email@example.com or 1-800-381-1532 from 7 am – 9 pm eastern time, Monday through Friday.