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NSF transitions financial services to Research.gov

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 9:51am

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January 2012 marks a new step forward in the National Science Foundation’s modernization of FastLane and transition to Research.gov. Financial administrators on projects funded by NSF must now access financial services through Reseach.gov and revised policy requires that institutions prepare and submit Federal Financial Reports (FFR) using the website’s FFR service.


Accessing Financial Functions on Research.gov 

All financial users with the following access permissions – Cash Request User, Grantee EFT User, FFR Preparer and FFR Certifier – must use Research.gov to access NSF financial services. This means that you will log into Research.gov using your FastLane credentials to request cash transfers; modify and certify banking information for Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs); and view your organization’s NSF financial reporting activity, cash requests and EFT updates. All financial users who try to access financial services through FastLane will be transferred directly to Research.gov to login.

Using the Research.gov FFR Service

Revised NSF policy requires that grantees prepare and submit quarterly Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) through Research.gov beginning with reports that are due on February 1, 2012. For further information, review Article 9 of the NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms & Conditions posted at www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/rtc/nsf_212.pdf.


The process of preparing and submitting FFRs in Research.gov is similar to FastLane and has been available on Research.gov since November 2008. You can access the FFR service from the home page, after logging into Research.gov.


Making the Move to Research.gov


2013  will bring more change to Research.gov, including the introduction of a new award payment service and a new service for submission of annual, final, and interim progress reports. The financial services change may not impact you today, but now is the  time to start or continue your own transition to Research.gov.


What can you do? Try the following steps and make Research.gov a part of your daily work:


·         Login using your FastLane credentials

·         Bookmark Research.gov

·         Use Research.gov as your “portal” to Financial Services

·         Stay tuned for future changes


Research.gov Help Desk


For assistance, please contact the Research.gov Help Desk, 7 AM – 9 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays).  You can contact the Research.gov Help Desk by emailing rgov@nsf.gov  or by calling 1.800.381.1532. 

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