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Annual, Final and Interim Project Reports 

Project Reporting Tutorial - Research.gov video tutorial on preparing and submitting an annual, final and interim project report.

On March 18, 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) transitioned all project reporting from FastLane to Research.gov. This means that Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs must now use Research.gov to meet all NSF project reporting requirements, including submission of annual, final and interim project reports and the Project Outcomes Report. Additionally, Research.gov's Project Reporting Dashboard makes it easier for PIs, Co-PIs, and Sponsored Project Office (SPO) staff to see which reports are due or overdue, and provides access to all reports submitted to NSF.

NSF transitioned project reporting to Research.gov in order to meet the federal government’s requirement that research agencies implement a new reporting format for research and research-related projects called the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The RPPR is the result of a government-wide effort to create greater consistency in the administration of federal research awards by streamlining and standardizing reporting formats.

        Please note that project reports are NOT cumulative. In accordance with NSF policy, all project reports, including final project reports, are not cumulative and should only cover the most recent reporting period. Your final project report only needs to cover the period since submittal of your last annual project report.

        Additionally, an annual project report is considered due during the 90 day period prior to the end of the current budget period and a final project report is considered due within 90 days following the expiration of the grant. Both of these reports are considered overdue after the 90 day period ends.

Project Outcomes Reports for the General Public

The Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is a required report, written by PIs specifically for the public, that provides insight into the outcomes of NSF-funded research. The America COMPETES Act (ACA) of 2007, Section 7010, requires that both research outcomes and citations of published documents resulting from research funded, in whole or in part, by NSF be made available to the public in a timely manner and electronic format. A Project Outcomes Report is required for new awards or existing awards that receive funding amendments on or after January 4, 2010. Following submission, the public can view a Project Outcomes Report for the General Public online through Research.gov’s Research Spending & Results search service.

Submitting a Project Report on Research.gov

1.   Log in to Research.gov using your FastLane user ID and password. If this is your first time using Research.gov, please see How Do I Login? If your institution is a member of the InCommon Federation and has integrated with Research.gov, you can also login with your institution user ID and password here.
2.   After logging in, any report(s) you are required to complete will be listed on the Project Report Dashboard.
3.   Click on the Project Outcomes Report link or the Annual, Final and Interim Project Report link to see a list of awards.
4.   From there, you can create, edit, and submit reports for each award.

Feedback

Do you have feedback or suggestions for Research.gov project reporting? Please email us at feedback@research.gov.

For More Information

  • Project Report Preview
    This document previews the new project report format, questions, and screen shots and can be used to help your organization prepare for the transition.
  • Project Reporting Fact Sheet
    NSF awardees use Research.gov to meet all NSF project reporting requirements, including submission of final, annual and interim project reports and the Project Outcomes Report.
  • RPPR_FAQs
    Background on reporting requirements and answers to common technical questions.
  • Project Reporting Getting Started Guide
    Prepare and submit your Final, Annual, and Interim Project Reports on Research.gov.
  • Project Reports On Research.gov-What's In It For Me?
    Presented January 2013
  • Project Outcomes Report Fact Sheet
    Principal Investigators can find all the facts to prepare and submit the Project Outcomes Report for the General Public, a brief summary for the public that describes the intellectual merit and broader impacts of their NSF-funded research project.
  • NSF Project Report Template
    This template allows PIs and Co-PIs to plan for their final, annual, and interim project reporting requirements offline. PIs should not use this form to meet their reporting requirements, and instead must use text boxes to complete their reports on Research.gov.