Many federal agencies use Electronic Research Administration (ERA) systems for grant submission and award administration. The National Science Foundation (NSF) uses Fastlane, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) uses the eRA Commons, and most other federal agencies use Please see the links below for information on creating user accounts for these systems and on using these systems at UCSB.


Additional Resources and Special Information

NSF FastLane: Follow this link for NSF advisory notices - NSF Advisories

NIH: Follow this link for NIH updates and policy notices - NIH Policy Notices

Notice: Validation Error on HSCTI Form Title (Cayuse 424)

(1/24/2018) Please see the following attachment for guidance from Cayuse on a new validation error that is being received and detailed instructions on how to correct it.  Follow this link: CG-Link notice.

Notice: New Link for ORCID in Personal Profile

(1/5/2018) ORCID ID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), a personal digital identifier that distinguishes every researcher, is used by NIH and to relate publications to grants. In a release yesterday, a new link to access was added to the Personal Profile section of eRA Commons. This will allow principal investigators to create an ORCID ID to link to their Commons account, so that their publications can be linked to their grants.

In addition, the Personal Profile screens will be updated on Wednesday, January 10, to better align with best practices in security, user interface design, and industry standards.  The navigation will be more user friendly, while the underlying functionality, fields, and requested information will remain the same.

FROM: Joe Schumaker, eRA Communications, Division of Communications and Outreach

(1/30/18)  Please direct an questions related to ORCIDS to the Data Curation Program,

Notice: NIH Forms Update

Notification FORMS-E Application Packages for all applications on or After Jan. 25, 2018

Effective for receipt dates on or after January 25, 2018 applicants must use FORMS-E application packages - see NOT-OD-17-062 ( This change will apply to all funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and all application types (new, resubmission, renewal, revision). Applications submitted using the wrong forms will automatically be withdrawn by the NIH Center for Scientific Review Division of Receipt and Referral and will not be reviewed. Application guides for FORMS-E application packages will be posted on the How to Apply ? Application Guide page ( no later thanOctober 25, 2017.

FROM: Stephanie Constant, Ph.D., Chief, Office of Scientific Review, NIGMS,

Notice: update to Retire Legacy PDF Application Packages at end of 2017

As you may have heard, Grants.Gov is making changes to update its submission process.  Please note, if you use Cayuse 424, this will not affect you.

If you are still using to submit your proposals, you will need to get an account in Cayuse 424 and become familiar with it.  We will not be using the Grants.Gov Workspace system since we alredy have Cayuse 424 in place.

If you have any questions about Cayuse 424, please see our eRA webpage.

If you need a Cayuse account please see this page.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to your SPO team.

Notice: Cayuse 424 - Budget Issue Identified

Notification - RR Fed NonFed budget issue

Cayuse Support has received several reports of an issue involving the RR Fed NonFed budget form. If you are working on a proposal that uses this budget form, please review the details below, including the current workaround. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a proposal rejection from  Please follow this link to Cayuse Support see the workaround!  (A log-in will need to be created.)


NSF Pilot Requiring Spreadsheet Template for Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information

Effective April 24, 2017, NSF will require the submission of a spreadsheet template to identify collaborators and other affiliations. Please note that the spreadsheet template:

  • Has been developed to be fillable. However, the content and format requirements must not be altered by submitters.
  • Must be saved in .xlsx or .xls formats and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document.
  • Will be converted by FastLane from an .xlsx or .xls file to a PDF file.
  • Has been tested in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and LibreOffice.
  • Will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. Must be uploaded in .xlsx or .xls formats only. Uploading a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document in any other format may delay the timely processing and review of your proposal.
  • Will be directly linked in FastLane.

The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly at: