is the centralized portal, established by the Federal government, to provide a unified electronic source that will allow you to find funding opportunities and submit proposals. 26 Federal agencies have implementation plans and all 26 agencies continue to post both funding opportunities and proposal submission packages.

Registration: Northern Kentucky University is registered with; individual registration is not required.

The following funders require submission through through the Workspace system: Department of Education, HRSA, Department of Justice, NASA, EPA, NEH and NEA.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) eRA Commons

If you are planning to apply to the NIH for funding, it is required to have an eRA Commons user account. For the purposes of exchanging research grants administration information, the NIH provides this “Commons.” The Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons is a virtual, online meeting place where NIH extramural grantee organizations, grantees, and the public can receive and transmit information about the administration of biomedical and behavioral research. The eRA Commons is divided into both unrestricted and restricted portions that provide for public and confidential information, respectively.

To access the system, users need a username and password. If you are a researcher with a username and password already assigned and your account has been activated by RGC, simply go to and log in (left side of homepage). Your username and password are valid for as long as you are a member of Northern Kentucky University, as it is registered through the institution. If you do not have an eRA Commons account, please see below.

Registration: An eRA Commons account is required to submit to NIH. PI's and others wishing to use the eRA Commons system to establish an account, affiliate with NKU, or transfer an affiliation from another university, must make a request through RGC. Email your Grant Administrator and provide your name, department, email, position (PI; Assistant; Pre-doc; Post-doc; or Trainee) and whether you have ever had an eRA Commons account in the past. If so, provide your previous Commons ID. Once your account has been set-up, you will receive an email directly from eRA Commons with your username and password.


National Science Foundation (NSF) FastLane

FastLane is the research community's online portal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). FastLane covers the full range of transactions between a research organization, its investigators and NSF. PI's can prepare a letter of intent in response to an NSF solicitation, prepare and update a proposal, check on proposal status, submit post-award notifications and requests to NSF, report on award projects, sponsor a proposal for a postdoctoral fellowship, and submit letters of reference for a proposal. NSF reviewers and panelists can review a proposal, participate in a panel to make proposal-funding recommendations to NSF, and make travel and EFT arrangements to participate in a panel.

NSF requires electronic submission for all proposals, including revisions and supplements, using the FastLane system. RGC requires that submissions to NSF go through FastLane, rather than through To initiate a proposal via FastLane, you first need to be in their system. Your Grant Administrator will need to set up an account to generate an NSF ID number and will assign a temporary password.

Registration: If you have an existing NSF ID through another institution, you'll want to log-in to your profile and update your institution. PI's and others wishing to establish a new FastLane account must make a request through RGC. Email your Grant Administrator and provide your full name, department, email address, title and your most recent degree and the year it was earned.

FastLane Help System offers screen shots with instructions: for example, for PI or Co-PI Login (in left sidebar select Proposal Functions, Log in to Proposal Functions, PI and Co-PI Login), or to Create a New Proposal (on main page, select Prepare a Proposal, Create a Proposal). Post-award, FastLane's Project Reports System allows the PI to submit annual and final reports as well as post award updates to NSF.