To submit proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and perform other award-related activities using NSF systems, you must have an NSF ID. You may only have one NSF ID. This ID is a unique numerical identifier assigned to users by NSF through the registration process outlined below. You can use your NSF ID regardless of future university or organization affiliations. For a DDRIG application, both the PI (faculty advisor) and Co-PI (doctoral student) must have NSF IDs.
For the Maxwell School, the contact person for assistance with registering for an NSF ID and affiliating your account with Syracuse University is Caroline McMullin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Research Administrator in the SU Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).
Creating a New Account
Step 1: Visit Research.gov to begin registration process
Step 2: Confirm you do not have an existing NSF account
- Access the NSF ID Lookup page to search for an existing NSF account.
- If you do not have an existing NSF account, proceed to step 3.
- If you do have an account and forgot your password, click here to retrieve it. Note that your email address can only be associated with one NSF account (because there is only one NSF ID per person).
Step 3: If you do not have an existing account, begin registration process by clicking “register” at the top of the page
Step 4: Create a new NSF account
- Input requested personal information.
- Each NSF account requires a primary email address and a work email address. For the primary email address, use an email account that you will have continued access to even if you leave Syracuse University (e.g., Gmail). Your primary email address is used for important notifications about your NSF account such as password resets. For the work email address, use your Syracuse University (syr.edu) email address. The work email address is associated with your role(s) at a particular organization; it is used for role request and approval notifications as well as for proposal and award related notifications.
- You may wish to create an Open Research and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). An ORCID is a unique code that is used to identify scientific and other academic authors and contributors. To create this code, click on the green circle with “ID” and follow the link to the registration page.
- Save and review information for accuracy before submitting.
- After submitting, you will receive two emails: one containing your new NSF ID and another with your temporary password. Use your ID and temporary password to sign into the Research.gov. We recommend that you change your password after logging in.
- After you have successfully created an account, you must “Add a New Role” (Step 5) to affiliate your account to Syracuse University.
Additional Information for Step 5: Add a New Role
Take the following steps to request the Investigator role:
- Sign in to Research.gov.
- Select the “My Profile” link located on the top right of the screen.
- Select the “Add a New Role” option from the left navigation bar.
Click the blue “Add Investigator or Authorized User Role” button located in the “Prepare Proposals and Manage Awards” box.
Select "Yes, prepare and manage proposals with an organization" and click "Submit."
Complete the Four-Step Role Wizard:
Step I: Find Organization
To find Syracuse University as your organization, use DUNS number 002257350.
Step II: Add Information
Complete the required fields and click "Next."
Step III: Choose Role(s)
The "Principal Investigator" role is pre-selected. Click "Next."
Step IV: Review and Submit
Review your information for accuracy and click "Submit." Success
You have successfully submitted a role request! Caroline in OSP will receive a notification email to review and approve your affiliation and role.