Many federal agencies require the institution to register and setup an account for the PIPrincipal Investigator View Boston University's policy on... in the electronic submission system before the proposal is prepared. Examples of this are:

  • NIH: eRa commons
  • NSF: Fastlane

Account setup in these systems can be requested by completing the electronic request form below. If you need a new account setup, please request as soon as possible as it may take up to 48 hours for the account to be active in the system.


If you need to register as an eRA Commons user at Boston Medical Center, please contact BMC Grants Administration office with the following information:
Full Name
e-mail address
eRA Commons Role (Postdoc, PI, Trainee, etc)

More information on Commons roles is available on the NIH site.

Per NIH policy, PIs should maintain a single Commons account throughout their career, which will be affiliated with each new institution to which they move. If it is possible that a Commons account was created for you at a previous institution, please let us know, and provide the name of the institution or your previous email address for confirmation.

Please be advised that NSF discontinued the Visitor Login effective March 26, 2018. Visitors must register for an NSF ID on via the new account management system to continue to have access to NSF external systems on or after March 26, 2018. You can register directly for an NSF ID on or after March 26, 2018, via this link:

NSF is currently finalizing new account management system training resources including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), job aids, and instructional videos. These materials will soon be available on an “About Account Management” page accessible on the home page.

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Policy-related questions should be directed to

Go to:

  • Create an Account
    • Click on Register
    • Complete the Account Registration
    • Save & Preview information
    • Submit account registration
  • Confirm your Account
    • You will receive an account registration confirmation, with your NSF ID and temporary password
    • Click on Return to Sign In
    • Sign in using your temporary password and your NSF ID
    • Change password when prompted
    • Continue to sign in
  • Add a new role
    • Click ‘Yes’ when prompted so that you can perform these actions as part of an organization, click ‘submit’
    • Find an Organization by entering the DUNS number below:
      • Trustees of Boston University: Duns # 049435266
    • Select the correct organization
    • Review the information and click ‘submit’


An email will be sent to us to approve your new role/s. Once the Role/s are approved your profile will be complete.

  • If you are a PI or department administrator on the Charles River Campus, please fill out this form to request access to the folders on the Sponsored Programs shared server.
  • If you are a PI or department administrator on the BU Medical Campus, please go to
  • If you are having trouble accessing your folder, please email us at


  • Users can create their own NSPIRES accounts here.
  • Once your account has been created, you can request to be affiliated with Boston University.
  • Please make sure to enter your BU contact information in the address, phone and email fields. This information helps us confirm your BU affiliation.