National Science Foundation (NSF) FastLane


The National Science Foundation's electronic research administration system is called FastLane. The purpose of FastLane is to experiment with ways to use the World Wide Web to facilitate business transactions and the exchange of information between the National Science Foundation and its client community including researchers, reviewers, research administrators, and others doing business with NSF. To access FastLane, please visit

Functionality Available to UCR Investigators

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. The demonstration site can be found at

System Requirements

Contact your department technical staff for assistance. FastLane requires use of an internet connection and a qualified web browser, such as Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later) or Netscape 3.0.

Registration Requirements

All UCR investigators with active awards from NSF, or who have submitted a proposal to NSF through UCR, appear as UCR investigators in the FastLane database. If you have never submitted a proposal to NSF, or have not submitted a proposal to NSF through UCR, or have submitted an NSF proposal through another institution, the NSF database will need to be updated to reflect your employment with UCR.

Registration Requirements

NSF Provided Assistance

FastLane User Support
(800) 673-6188
(800) 437-7408 (FastLane Availability Recording)
Email User Support at

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