New Option to Sign In to

Dear Colleagues,

NSF has rolled out the option to log into using your account. This adds an additional layer of security for users when accessing the system.

Please see the notice below from NSF and let the ERA Team know if you have any questions.

The ERA Team


Dear Colleague:

Effective January 24, 2022, the National Science Foundation (NSF) enabled to sign in to is a Federal shared service platform, developed by the General Services Administration (GSA) in conjunction with the United States Digital Services (USDS), that provides multi-factor authentication for users to sign in to participating government agency systems. Accessing the NSF system through enables the user to have a single username and password for Federal systems such as and

Use of to sign in to is optional, and the research community is still able to use their NSF-issued credentials to sign in to

Here’s what to know about the new sign in option for

  • After credentials (username and password) are entered, the system will require the user to provide a second factor such as a security key, authentication application, or a one-time security code the user receives by phone or by text to complete the authentication. For more information, please see the Help Center Authentication Options page
  • When signing in to with credentials the first time, the user’s account and NSF account (NSF ID) will automatically be linked if the same primary email is used for both accounts. If does not detect a primary email address match for both accounts, the user will be prompted to complete a one-time process to either link their account to an existing NSF account (NSF ID) or to create a new NSF account (NSF ID).

Questions? If you have IT system-related questions regarding the new sign in option for, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or to Policy-related questions should be directed to

Regards, Team at the National Science Foundation




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