Project Outcomes Report

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Section 7010 of the America COMPETES Act requires that research funded in whole or in part by NSF report on the outcomes of the funded research for the general public. The Project Outcomes Report for the General Public serves as a brief summary prepared by the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI specifically for the public, describing the nature and outcomes of the project. These reports will be posted for public viewing exactly as submitted by the PI or Co-PI and will be accompanied by the following disclaimer:


This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content.  


This reporting requirement was effective for new awards made or existing awards that receive funding increments or supplements on or after January 4, 2010. PIs and Co-PIs will use to prepare and submit these reports. Please note this report is required in addition to final project reports, which PIs and Co-PIs will continue to submit through 


The Project Outcomes Report will describe the project outcomes or findings that address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the work as defined in the NSF merit review criteria. Additionally, PIs and Co-PIs can upload images that will accompany the report.


Reports must be submitted by the end of the 90-day reporting period after the award expiration. PIs/Co-PIs will be notified of due and overdue reports via:


Through, PIs/Co-PIs can save drafts of their report, finalize drafts, add addenda, and submit reports. After submitting the report, PIs/Co-PIs will have 30 days to edit the posted report and add or remove images. Once the 30 days have elapsed, images may be added to the report by adding addenda.  Addenda cannot be edited once submitted to There is no limit to the number of addenda that may be submitted or the time period during which this can be done.


The public can view a Project Outcomes Report for the General Public online through’s Research Spending & Results Search. Research Spending & Results allows you to find awards based on search criteria such as awardee, award ID, fields of research and education, and Congressional District where the funds were received.