Proposal Preparation and Submission

About Proposal Preparation and Submission


The Research.gov Proposal Submission System modernizes proposal preparation and submission capabilities by improving the user experience while also reducing administrative burden through an intuitive interface and expanded automated proposal compliance checking. NSF is transitioning all preparation and submission functionality for new proposals from FastLane to Research.gov when the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1) goes into effect in January 2023. Research.gov proposal preparation and submission capabilities have been developed incrementally, and Research.gov is very near the point where it can support all of FastLane's proposal preparation and submission tasks. Please see NSF Important Notice 147: Research.gov Implementation Update   issued September 22, 2020, for additional information. Grants.gov continues to be an option for the preparation and submission of most types of NSF proposals.

Access the Research.gov Proposal Submission System

Explore the Research.gov Proposal Preparation Demo Site

Why Prepare Proposals in Research.gov?
  • Fast and easy Proposal Setup Wizard
  • Quickly find funding opportunities, initiate a proposal, and give access to administrative staff
  • Expanded compliance checking (View Research.gov compliance checks  )
  • Immediate compliance feedback upon proposal section upload
  • PDF uploads are not altered
  • Minimizes the Return without Review of proposals due to some formatting issues
  • On-screen references to relevant sections of the PAPPG
  • Better management of personnel and subawards
  • Improved performance and less system downtime
Help NSF Build and Refine the New System

NSF strongly encourages the research community to use Research.gov for proposal preparation and submission now, to facilitate the completion of the transition from FastLane to Research.gov. As NSF continues to enhance and refine the new system, vital feedback from the community helps ensure the system is working as intended and to identify areas of improvement.

There are multiple ways to provide feedback and stay informed: