NSF, Fastlane, and Research.Gov
The National Science Foundation is a multi-faceted agency that funds basic research in the physical, biological, social sciences, engineering, and education. Grants are reviewed through a peer-review system and many program officers who serve at the Foundation are faculty on temporary leave from their home institutions.
Fastlane is an electronic proposal and award system used by the National Science Foundation for both the submission of proposals and administration of awards. All proposers must have a UserID and password that is unique and each user is affiliated by his/her employing or sponsoring organization. Fastlane is also used for reporting, requesting extensions, submitting supplemental requests and revised budgets for awards.
To obtain a UserID, you must contact ORSP. If you already have a Fastlane UserID, do not request a new one. You can simply request to be affiliated with Queens College. Be aware that there are several Queens College organizations. Make sure you are affiliated with the correct organization, CUNY Queens College, #0026906000.
Please note that Fastlane has several user areas, including PI log-in, Administration, Proposal Review and Financial Functions. We at ORSP cannot use the PI functions and only ORSP can use the Administration functions. All proposals, revisions, and supplemental requests must be initiated by the PI and then “sent” to us, the Sponsored Research Office (SRO) for review, approval, and submission to NSF. ORSP cannot start a proposal and the PI cannot submit it.
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If you have additional questions about using Fastlane, please contact our office.
Research.gov is a separate government wide web-based system that is being slowly implemented to provide more broad-based service to the research community for submitting reports, managing grant publications, applications and awards. If you have a Fastlane account, you can access Research.gov.