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Proposal Preparation and Submission

About Proposal Preparation and Submission


The Research.gov Proposal Submission System modernizes proposal preparation and submission capabilities by improving the user experience while also reducing administrative burden through an intuitive interface and expanded automated proposal compliance checking. Research.gov is being developed incrementally, and features are expanding to support the transition of all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to Research.gov in accordance with NSF Important Notice 147: Research.gov Implementation Update   issued September 22, 2020. Grants.gov continues to be an option for the preparation and submission of NSF proposals.

Access the Research.gov Proposal Submission System

Explore the Research.gov Proposal Preparation Demo Site

Why Prepare Proposals in Research.gov?
  • Fast and easy Proposal Setup Wizard
  • Quickly find funding opportunities, initiate a proposal, and give access to administrative staff
  • Expanded compliance checking (View Research.gov compliance checks  )
  • Immediate compliance feedback upon proposal section upload
  • PDF uploads are not altered
  • Minimize Return without Reviews due to some formatting issues
  • On-screen references to relevant sections of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
  • Better management of personnel and subawards
  • Improved performance
  • Less system downtime
Help NSF Build the New System and Influence the Future of Proposal Submission

NSF encourages the research community to use Research.gov for proposal preparation and submission. As NSF continues to enhance the new system, vital feedback from the community is being incorporated during the development process.

There are multiple ways to provide feedback and stay informed: