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Electronic Research Administration

Many federal agencies use ERA systems for grant submission and award administration. The National Science Foundation uses Fastlane, the National Institutes of Health use the eRA Commons, and many federal agencies use See below for information on using these systems at UCSB.


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Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving its Data Center IT servers to the Foundation’s new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT through July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT, to prepare for NSF staff relocation in August 2017. This move has been scheduled around a holiday weekend to minimize the systems downtime and reduce the impact on the research community and NSF staff.

Please be advised that the NSF website, FastLane, and will be unavailable from Friday, June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT until Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT. During this outage period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Any policy-related questions should be directed to For additional information about NSF’s relocation, please see

We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.


Division of Information Systems

National Science Foundation


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NIH Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPR)

Please note the change to the final progress report process published in today’s NIH Guide. (Notice copied below.)

The National Institutes of Health intends to replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) with the Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final RPPR) through a new eRA Commons module effective January 2017.



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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:

The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly at: Posted 4/13/2017


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