NSF Implementation of Grants.gov

ADVISORY, 12/19/2017:  Please reach out to dan4th@mit.edu for the latest guidance if you anticipate submitting a NSF proposal using Grants.gov.

The current NSF Grants.gov Application Guide (Jan 2017) is applicable to proposals submitted to deadlines prior to January 29, 2017. For proposals due on or after January 29, 2018, the guidelines in NSF Grants.gov Application Guide (Jan 2018) will apply. 

Currently, all NSF proposals may be submitted using the NSF FastLane system. Some proposals may also be eligible to submit via Grants.gov if preferred. Confirm with your OSP Contract Administrator that your proposal and solicitation are eligible for Grants.gov submission before starting your proposal preparation, and to find out if any additional steps will be required. 

  • Separate Research.gov registration required
    • For any PI/co-PI not already registered with a NSF ID.
  • FastLane Proposal File Update required after submission
    • proposals requiring directorate-specific forms (such as BIO or DUE)
  • Ineligible for Grants.gov submission via KC, Adobe, or Workspace:
    • 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 legacy Adobe Grants.gov packages may only be used for NSF proposals until December 31, 2017. After this date, Grants.gov will only accept submissions via Workspace or system-to-system (S2S).