NSF FastLane

NSF FastLane

The National Science Foundation's electronic research administration system is called FastLane

Most business functions related to extramural awards from NSF have been made available in the FastLane system. These include proposal preparation and submission, project status, project reporting, submitting notifications and requests and peer-review actions.

NSF also provides a demonstration site where users can try the capabilities of FastLane in a sample environment.

Registration Requirements
All UC Merced investigators with active awards from NSF, or who have submitted proposals to NSF through UC Merced, appear as UC Merced investigators in the FastLane database.

If this is your first time submitting a proposal to NSF, or the first time submitting a proposal to NSF through UC Merced, or you submitted an NSF proposal through another institution, the NSF database will need to be updated to reflect employment with UC Merced. To register, please contact the SPO. 

Requests must come directly from the investigator. Requests via graduate students or via administrative staff cannot be honored. First time investigators will need to provide:

  • Name
  • Highest degree and year conferred
  • Department
  • Email address
  • Business phone
  • Fax number

If this is your first time using NSF's FastLane system this NSF handbook will be helpful. Please contact the SPO with any additional questions. 

NSF Provided Assistance 

FastLane User Support
800-673-6188
800-437-7408 (FastLane availability recording)
Email user support: fastlane@nsf.gov