RAPid NSF Update from ORSP
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NSF Updates from ORSP

Important Reminders Regarding Resetting Passwords and Automated Compliance Checking at NSF

New process for resetting FastLane/Research.gov passwords

On Monday, July 25, the National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented a more convenient and secure process for resetting passwords. 

NSF awardees and applicants will no longer be able to reach out to their sponsored project office (such as ORSP) to reset their passwords; instead, they can reset their own password. 

To do this, awardees and applicants can go to www.research.gov and click “
Log In,” then “Forgot Password.” After entering your NSF ID and clicking, “Send Temporary Password,” you will be able to reset passwords using the temporary password sent to the email address on file. 

Passwords are strict, and must be between 8 and 20 characters and use three of the four categories below:

  • Upper-case letter
  • Lower-case letter
  • Number
  • One of these special characters # & % ! @ ( )

In addition, the last six passwords cannot be reused, and accounts will be locked for five minutes after the tenth unsuccessful password attempt.

Automated Compliance Checks

As of July 25, 2016, NSF now has automated compliance checks of proposals. On August 1, 2016, NSF will perform these on proposals submitted through FastLane.

They will trigger error messages for each of the following rules:

  • Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required for each Senior Personnel associated with a proposal; and
  • Biographical Sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text.

You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, which specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals.

Additional Notes

Note About Proposal File Update (PFU):
Proposers should be aware should that if a proposal was received prior to July 25 and contained only one Biographical Sketch and/or Current & Pending Support file (rather than individual files for each senior personnel), a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these new compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

Note About Grants.gov:

These automated compliance checks will not be conducted on proposals submitted to NSF via Grants.gov. Proposers submitting through Grants.gov should be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

Need Help?

Learn more about Research.gov and FastLane password modernization, including accessing a getting started guide and FAQ.

For additional assistance, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532or Rgov@nsf.gov.For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Rgov@nsf.gov.

For questions please contact your department research administrator or the ORSP Government Sponsors Team Project Representative you are working with on your project.

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