New Login.gov Option to Sign In to Research.gov

Dear Colleagues,

NSF has rolled out the option to log into Research.gov using your Login.gov 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.

Thanks!
The ERA Team

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Dear Colleague:

Effective January 24, 2022, the National Science Foundation (NSF) enabled Login.gov to sign in to Research.gov. Login.gov 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 Research.gov system through Login.gov enables the user to have a single username and password for Federal systems such as SAM.gov and Grants.gov.

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

Here’s what to know about the new Login.gov sign in option for Research.gov:

  • After Login.gov credentials (username and password) are entered, the Login.gov 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 Login.gov Help Center Authentication Options page
  • When signing in to Research.gov with Login.gov credentials the first time, the user’s Login.gov account and NSF account (NSF ID) will automatically be linked if the same primary email is used for both accounts. If Research.gov 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 Login.gov 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 Login.gov sign in option for Research.gov, 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 rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Regards,

Research.gov Team at the National Science Foundation

 

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