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The Importance of Feedback: Enhancements Completed for NSF Project Reporting

Since January 2013, OSP has been communicating about the changes in Federal Performance Reporting using the RPPR-format and Research.gov for submission of NSF award reports instead of FastLane. OSP received several comments on the formatting and submission of the new Research Performance Progress Report, and forwarded these as well as our own feedback to Research.gov. Since March 2013, all grantee institutions have been utilizing Research.gov, and based on the total feedback received, the National Science Foundation announced (effective March 17) the following enhancements: 

- POs will view project reports in HTML rather than PDF, which will allows POs and PIs to view the same layout for a project report.

- NSF will pre-populate the Products, Organization and Participants sections of a project report from information previously submitted in Research.gov. This will save awardees time and reduce redundant data entry.

- The progress report pages will be redesigned to optimize space, minimize scrolling efforts, and become more user-friendly. The default setting for non-critical sections will be "hidden", users will be able to click "Show Report and Progress Summary" to view sections as needed.

- PIs will be able to edit reporting periods for an Interim Project Report (IPR). This will allow PIs to accurately report specific dates applicable to the task(s) being reported upon.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming events or future enhancements to Research.gov and/or FastLane, subscribe to the new System Updates NSF listserv. This listserv is available to both NSF staff and awardees. To subscribe, simply email: system_updates-subscribe-request@listserv.nsf.gov and you will be automatically enrolled.

Where should PIs go for help with project reports?

- Online Help: Research_gov_Help_System
- Project Report Informational Page: Public Outcomes Report
- NSF Help Desk: Research Contact Us

If you have any additional feedback on project reporting, please email feedback@research.gov
The NIU Office of Sponsored Projects is available for additional assistance in the submission of your Research Performance Progress Reports. Contact the OSP Award Coordinator, Rachael Joy Andel at 753-6493 or via email at rachael_andel@niu.edu. There are also resources on reporting for NSF and other sponsors on the OSP Award Lifecycle page.