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Electronic Submission of Grant Applications

Investigators MUST have a Commons account in order to submit an NIH grant electronically. To request an account or a change to an existing account, Please complete an eRA Commons Account Request Form, found on the OSP Forms page. Once registered, you can access the Commons to get information on your submitted applications. The account creation and validation process can take up to 3 days so please do not wait until the last minute or you may miss a deadline.

Electronic Progress Reports (RPPRs) will continue to be submitted via the NIH Commons.

The UMass Chan Research Management System is our system-to-system platform for most electronic applications to the federal agencies via Please contact Office of Sponsored Programs for access to the system and for formal training information. Information is also available through the RMS Resource Center.

Other Federal Sponsor Sites

UMass Chan is already registered in the CCR/SAM as an authorized organization to submit proposals in Please do not attempt to register the institution again or try to obtain a new DUNS number for grant application purposes. You must use the UMass Chan DUNS [603847393] in order to apply for a grant via

OSP must receive the complete electronic grant application package at least 2 working days prior to the deadline if OSP is the final submitter.   If you would like OSP to submit your application for you, please contact your OSP specialist.

NSF: NSF FastLane requires institutional submittal as well - Check your Program Solicitation under "Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions"

Reminder: the FastLane system will be decommissioned on September 29th, 2023 at 11:00 p.m. EST.  More details regarding this decomissioning can be found on

The mandate to use SciENcv only for preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023.

The required elements and FIVE business days for review and approval of administrative components have not changed for electronic submission.