Many of the services available on Research.gov including Research Spending & Results, are available to the general public without registering for a Research.gov account. Additionally, there are four types of Research.gov accounts which provide role-based access to specific Research.gov services and features. This role-based access allows applicants, grantees, NSF staff and members of the general public to personalize their Research.gov experience:
- NSF User: This account is for applicants and grantees to access grants management services from NSF and its partner agencies using their FastLane login and password. Access to services will be determined based on their FastLane role and permissions. They can also stay up-to-date on Research.gov news and information that matter to them by signing up for customizable email alerts and RSS Feeds.
- NSF Visitor: This account is free and available for anyone to sign up and personalize his or her Research.gov experience. NSF Visitors can also stay up-to-date on Research.gov news and relevant information by signing up for customizable email alerts and RSS Feeds. NSF Visitors can also use their Yahoo user ID and password to access their NSF Visitor Account.
- InCommon Federation User: This account is for applicants and grantees from InCommon member institutions, who have requested InCommon Federation partnership with Research.gov. Applicants and grantees with an InCommon Federation account can access grant management services from NSF using their institution-issued user ID and password.