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NSF Electronic Research Administration Forum

The voice of the user remains a central focus of the National Science Foundation's internal planning activities and systems modernization efforts related to proposal preparation and award management policies and processes. NSF has historically relied on community feedback via long-established outreach mechanisms as well as through an ongoing dialog with institutions and research administration-focused associations.

NSF is now embarking on a multi-year effort to modernize proposal preparation and submission capabilities currently available in FastLane. As such, the Foundation is seeking to actively engage the user community to gather individual opinions and perspectives on Electronic Research Administration (ERA) activities, collect feedback and solicit user priorities and topics of interest.

NSF is holding the ERA Forum Webinar on September 19, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET. The Foundation looks forward to your participation in this event. The topic of this Forum will be NSF's initiative to streamline and modernize registration functionality, including new role request features and dashboards for managing accounts, as well as how existing accounts will be migrated to the new system. This Forum will also share the Proposal File Update (PFU) feature updates as part of NSF's Proposal Submission Modernization (PSM) initiative.

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Fourth Forum - NSF’s initiative to streamline and modernize registration functionality

Third Forum - Proposal Submission Modernization

Second Forum - Proposal Submission Modernization

First Forum - Proposal Submission Modernization


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