New Research.gov/NSF Fastlane users must create an account and then request the appropriate role within the system. OSP can then approve and manage user roles, allowing accounts to be affiliated with VCU. Detailed instructions can be found on this Research.gov link. Before creating a new account, users should visit the NSF ID Lookup page to ensure they don’t already have an NSF ID.

To create a new NSF account visit Research.gov and complete the following steps: 

  • Use the "Register" link in the top right of the screen.
  • Complete the required fields and submit.
  • Check the primary email account for two automated emails from Research.gov- one will contain the new NSF ID and one will provide a temporary password.
  • Login to Research.gov with new NSF ID and temporary password.
  • Follow the instructions to update temporary password.

After log in, roles can be requested using the following steps: 

  • Click the "My Profile" link on the top right of the screen.
  • Select the "Add a New Role" option from the left menu.

If you need this role(s)

To perform these functions

Select this “Add Role” Button

  • Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Co-Principal Investigator (co-PI)
  • Unaffiliated Fellowship Principal Investigator
  • Prepare proposals
  • Manage awards


Add Investigator or Authorized User Role

  • Administrator
  • Sponsored Projects Officer (SPO)
  • Authorized Organization Representative (AOR)
  • View Only
  • Add a new organization
  • Approve/disapprove roles
  • Assign user roles
  • Add/remove users

Add Organizational Role

  • Awardee Preparer
  • Awardee Certifier
  • Awardee Financial Representative
  • Prepare and manage financials in Award Cash Management Service (ACM$)

Add Financial Role

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • Coordinating Official (CO)
  • GRFP Alternate Coordinating Official (Alt. CO)
  • GRFP Financial Official (FO)
  • Manage GRFP functions

Add GRFP Official Role

  • Other Authorized User (OAU)
  • Assist a PI with proposal preparation

Add Investigator or Authorized User Role

  • For example, to add a PI role, click "Add Investigator Role.”
  • Select the option "Yes, prepare and manage proposals with an organization."
  • On the Find Organization page, search for the VCU DUNS Number (10-530-0446).
  • Confirm VCU is displayed and click "Next."
  • Add required information and click "Next."
  • Choose role and click "Next."
  • Verify information and submit. 
  • OSP will be notified of request to approve role.