An electronic username is required for NSF, NIH or any sub-agency of DHHS. Registration requests should be made as far in advance of proposal submission deadlines as possible, but no later than 3 days prior to electronic submission due dates to ensure registration and allow for on-time proposal submission. To request a username, click here
As of March 26, 2018 users can create their own NSF Research.gov accounts. The Office of Sponsored Programs will approve all requests.
To learn how to register for a new account visit https://www.research.gov/research-portal/appmanager/base/desktop?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=research_node_display&_nodePath=/researchGov/Service/Desktop/InstitutionAndUserManagement.html
To migrate an existing account visit https://www.research.gov/common/attachment/Desktop/Single_ID_Help.pdf#page=35
Upon registering, please complete the registration by logging in and changing your password. Once your account is active, you will receive a role. Make sure to input the additional information required by Research.gov after receiving a role.