NSF Implementation of Grants.gov

Proposal Eligibility for Grants.gov Submission

The current NSF Grants.gov Application Guide (Jan 2017) is applicable to proposals submitted after (or with deadlines after) January 30, 2017. 

Note: As of 1/30/2017, some NSF solicitations cannot be submitted S2S due to new forms not yet available in Kuali Coeus. This should be resolved by the end of the week. Please contact dan4th@mit.edu to determine if your specific opportunity is affected.


Most NSF proposals may be submitted through either NSF FastLane or Grants.gov. However, some NSF proposals require additional steps after submitting or are ineligible for Grants.gov. Known examples include:

  • FastLane Proposal File Update required after submission
    • proposals requiring directorate-specific forms (such as BIO or DUE)
  • Not currently eligible for Grants.gov submission (S2S or Adobe), check with OSP
    • Letters of Intent
    • Preliminary proposals
    • Simultaneously Submitted collaborative proposals
    • Proposals with no measurable effort budgeted for Senior Personnel
    • Proposals submitted after the deadline or target date
  • Other proposals as indicated by the specific solicitation

The MIT-specific Proposal Preparation Checklist includes additional information about preparing NSF Proposals for Grants.gov gov using either a downloaded Adobe package or KC to submit S2S.  If you plan to submit a NSF proposal via Grants.gov, it is recommended that you consult with your OSP Contract Administrator before you begin work, to confirm that your proposal is eligible for Grants.gov submission, and to find out if any additional steps will be required.