PSA: NSF reporting is WAY more intense this year

Jul 02 2013 Published by under [Education&Careers]

FYI, if you haven't had to dig into your NSF reporting duties this year, buckle up buttercup, because the changes are significant. There's way more detail and, IMO, redundancy in the questions you need to answer. Might want to set aside a little more time than you expected to.

6 responses so far

  • odyssey says:

    Yeah, I'm hoping (probably in vain) that we're in a testing period and the NSF will streamline the process in the future.

  • Michelle Elekonich says:

    Hi All,
    The change was required government wide in an attempt to make reporting more similar across agencies. Each agency had the same basic template and got to customize a few things but generally it will be similar.

    See the project reports page for more information, a manual with screen shots and a template in Word to use to work on it off line.

    Also - HELP and Fastlane HELP are the same - so call or email and get help if you get stuck.

    Michelle Elekonich BIO/IOS/NSF

  • This new shitte is in play for NIH as well: the new RPRR progress reports replace eSNAP. It is a stupid annoying fucken pain in the asse, because no longer can you just upload a single PDF document. Now you have to type fucken shitte into motherfucken text boxes on a Web page. The actual information you are supplying hasn't changed at all.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    For NSF, it seems that they same information is requested in different ways across the various pages. I'm not supplying better information, just more of the same thing spread around.

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  • ambivalentacademic says:

    The reason all govt agencies are now asking for the same info in structured text entry instead of uploading the same info via a PDF is because of the new reporting requirements from Congress. Agencies are expected to be able to provide a pretty comprehensive assessment of their programmatic data on short notice and none of the text-scraping applications have either the speed or the accuracy to be able to pull it off. Structured text entry means that programmatic staff at the agencies can do actual data analysis (because all that info is now being stored in a database instead of a PDF) and have some real evidence regarding the measurables of their programs. With that, they can make a much stronger case to Congress re: their budgets, which means more grant $$$ available. It is a total pain in the ass for the PIs, but most agencies are trying to streamline the process.

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