About Password Management

How to Reset Your NSF Password

NSF awardees and applicants can reset their passwords themselves, using Research.gov. To do this, go to www.research.gov. Click “Sign In,” then “Forgot Password.” Enter your NSF ID and click “Send Temporary Password.” You will be able to reset your password using the temporary password sent to your email address on file.

Passwords must be between 8 and 20 characters and use three of the four categories below:

  • Upper-case letter
  • Lower-case letter
  • Number
  • One of these special characters # & % ! @ ( )

In addition, the last six passwords cannot be reused, and accounts will be locked for five minutes after the tenth unsuccessful password attempt.

Need Help?

You can find helpful Research.gov information by clicking Help in the top right-hand corner of Research.gov or on FastLane, by clicking the FastLane Help in the top right-hand corner of the homepage. We encourage you to review this information to learn how to efficiently use the site.

Password Reset Guide

Password Reset FAQs

  Research.gov Password Reset Tutorial (video-02:17)

  Fastlane Password Reset Tutorial (video-02:13)