NSF Update: Report Deadlines and Logins

OSP recently received a clarification from the NSF regarding the deadlines for submitting annual and final technical reports:

Investigators reporting on NSF awards may have noticed that every report in Research.gov shows both a “Due Date” and an “Overdue Date,” which is 90 days later. Please note that you are responsible for submitting reports by the Due Date. The three month window until the Overdue Date is intended for the NSF Program Officer to review the submitted report, return for revisions if necessary, and approve the report. This is not a grace period or submission window. 

The NSF online systems (Fastlane and Research.gov) will be down for maintenance tonight from 11PM ET to 8AM Saturday morning ET. We expect two major changes to be rolled out with tonight’s update:

  • The new Automated Compliance Checks on page counts and individual personnel documents will become active.
  • Password requirements for Fastlane and Research.gov will be updated. Note that you use the same password for both systems. OSP will no longer be able to reset passwords when these go into effect. There is already a “Forgot Password” link at Fastlane and Research.gov where you can enter your NSF ID number to receive a reset link by email. This will become the only way to reset your password.

Also, if you have received an award or increment this year, you may have noticed that the NSF recently updated the Grant General Conditions (GC-1).  Awards made on or after July 1, or that received a funding amendment after this date, are subject to the updated conditions. The changes from the previous version are largely administrative and do not require any change in MIT’s practices related to NSF awards. The significant changes are summarized in this document: Revision Of The National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant General Conditions (GC-1)

As always, if you have any questions about your NSF or other Sponsored awards, please feel free to reach out to your departmental OSP administrator.