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About Award Cash Management $ervice



The Award Cash Management $ervice (ACM$) is NSF’s approach to award payments and post-award financial processes. This approach requires the submission of award level payment amounts each time funds are requested. ACM$ was launched on in April 2013.

Why did NSF develop ACM$?

  • NSF has placed an increased focus on transparency and accountability in the stewardship of Federal funds
  • Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other stakeholders have required more up-to-date information on how tax dollars are being spent
  • NSF developed ACM$ in order to comply with new standardized financial reporting requirements
What are the Benefits?

  • ACM$ allows awardee institutions to submit cash requests and adjustments to open and closed awards, as well as access award level information on payments and award balances
  • Better and more timely access to financial data, funds status monitoring and expenditure reports
  • Reduced need for manual accounting processes, including reconciliations and adjustments
  • Quicker identification of awardees that need technical assistance through more transparent data

How Can I Learn More?

  • NSF Critical FY End Dates FAQs
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be implementing a new financial accounting system during October 2014.
  • ACM$ Fact Sheet
    The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Award Cash Management $ervice (ACM$) is a new approach to award payments and post-award financial processes.
  • ACM$ Frequently Asked Questions
    NSF is changing its approach to payment processes to comply with the new transparency and accountability standards established for the stewardship of Federal funds.
  • ACM$ Permissions Guide
    In order to access ACM$ functionality on, an NSF User must first be assigned new permissions within the National Science Foundation’s FastLane system.
  • ACM$ External User Getting Started Guide
    Financial users can access the ACM$ by logging in to
  • ACM$ Instructions for New NSF Awardees
    To conduct financial activities with the National Science Foundation (NSF), you must be assigned Financial Functions User (FFU) permissions through FastLane. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on this process.
  • ACM$ Webinar Presentation
    Researchers can do business with NSF through a suite of services.
  • ACM$ XML File Upload Process Frequently Asked Questions, Data Dictionary and Instruction Guide
    This guide outlines the Award Cash Management $ervice (ACM$) XML File Upload Process. ACM$ on will allow organizations to use the ACM$ XML File Upload Process when completing their payment requests. The XML data file will be produced by the participating organization and will not rely on awardees downloading a template first. This guide assists financial users with that process. The data in the XML file must follow the structure listed in the data dictionary table available in this document.
  • ACM$ Excel File Example
    NSF awardees have the option to submit payment requests using an Excel file. This file is an example of what users will see if they choose this option in ACM$. The boxes shown in grey in this example will be auto-populated with each Institution’s information. Please do not use this example file to submit payment requests.
  • Award Cash Management $ervice Feedback Report
    Results of a customer satisfaction survey focused around the Award Cash Management Service (ACM$).