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Institutions Gain Streamlined Access to Federal Research Systems

July 9, 2011

NSF partners with InCommon Federation to provide grantee institutions single login and password

National Science Foundation (NSF) grantee institutions that are participants of InCommon can now provide their faculty and staff with the ability to log into Research.gov using their university-issued user ID and password. Once logged into Research.gov using university credentials, PIs and co-PIs can connect seamlessly to FastLane’s Principal Investigator (PI/co-PI) services without having to log in again.

The Research.gov/InCommon integration will help reduce the administrative burden associated with maintaining multiple user IDs and passwords, while providing for the secure exchange of information and access to NSF’s online resources. Streamlined access to federal research systems through a single user ID and password is a priority that has long been expressed by the research community. The NSF and InCommon are excited to offer grantee institutions this capability, which leverages federated identity management technology developed under an NSF grant.

“NSF is a key partner for InCommon and federated access to Research.gov and FastLane services is a significant benefit to the research and education community,” said Jack Suess, Chair of the InCommon Steering Committee and Vice President of Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer at University of Maryland Baltimore County. “By enabling federated access to NSF services, InCommon will help provide convenient and secure access for researchers and research administrators across the country.”

“We are pleased to have this new collaboration with InCommon,” said Alan Blatecky, who heads NSF’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure. “Working through Research.gov, the research and education community has gained a more effective and efficient way of accessing NSF resources.”

To request to participate in the Research.gov/InCommon integration service, interested institutions should email feedback@research.gov.

Image Caption: Once logged into Research.gov using university credentials, PIs and co-PIs can connect seamlessly to FastLane’s Principal Investigator (PI/co-PI) services without having to log in again. (Credit: Research.gov)

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