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News Release 11-135

Through, Institutions Gain Streamlined Access to Federal Research Systems

NSF partners with InCommon Federation to provide grantee institutions single login and password home page.

Once logged into, PIs and co-PIs can connect seamlessly to FastLane's PI/co-PI services

July 8, 2011

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National Science Foundation (NSF) grantee institutions that are participants of InCommon can now provide their faculty and staff with the ability to log into using their university-issued user ID and password. Once logged into using university credentials, PIs and co-PIs can connect seamlessly to FastLane's Principal Investigator (PI/co-PI) services without having to log in again.

The integration will help reduce the administrative burden associated with maintaining multiple user IDs and passwords, while providing for the secure exchange of information and access to NSF's online resources. Streamlined access to federal research systems through a single user ID and password is a priority that has long been expressed by the research community. The NSF and InCommon are excited to offer grantee institutions this capability, which leverages federated identity management technology developed under an NSF grant.

"NSF is a key partner for InCommon and federated access to and FastLane services is a significant benefit to the research and education community," said Jack Suess, Chair of the InCommon Steering Committee and Vice President of Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer at University of Maryland Baltimore County. "By enabling federated access to NSF services, InCommon will help provide convenient and secure access for researchers and research administrators across the country."

"We are pleased to have this new collaboration with InCommon," said Alan Blatecky, who heads NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure. "Working through, the research and education community has gained a more effective and efficient way of accessing NSF resources."

To request to participate in the integration service, interested institutions should email

About is an exciting initiative led by the National Science Foundation which provides a portal of information and services for research grantees. also provides transparent and open access for the public to information on federally-funded research projects and how the outcomes of those projects benefit society. Click here for more information on

About InCommon

InCommon, operated by Internet2, offers a common framework of trust services to its members--institutions of higher education, federal agencies and research organizations--as well as their corporate partners. InCommon operates the InCommon Federation, the U.S. identity management federation for research and education, and the InCommon Certificate Service. The National Science Foundation (NSF) joined the InCommon Federation in January 2009 to provide NSF's research and education community easier access to online services using Click here for more information on InCommon.

About Internet2

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government, Internet2 is developing breakthrough cyberinfrastructure technologies that support the most exacting applications of today-and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow. Led by its members and focused on their current and future networking needs since 1996, Internet2 blends its human, IP and optical networks to develop and deploy revolutionary Internet technologies. Click here for more information on Internet2.


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