Please allow 1-2 business days for processing of your account/role request.

NIH eRA Commons

To obtain an NIH User ID for eRA Commons, please click the link below and complete and submit the form.  Or, if you need to add, remove or change any of your roles, please fill out and submit this form:

Please note:  If you are an external person, not affiliated with Brown, and wish to request affiliation, you will need to be sponsored by a department. Please refer to the Sponsored ID request process here before requesting an NIH eRA Commons ID. 


To obtain an NSF User ID please register directly at  

Please note that NSF accounts have a two-step process for roles (PI, Co-I, Postdoc). 
If you need a role, you will: 

  1.  Register your account in (if you had an account in FastLane, you still need to log into for the first time to activate your account).  Use your existing FastLane ID & password to log into  An activation confirmation email will come to you via once you log in for the first time.
  2.  Request your needed account role(s) when logged into your account at  

*Please note that as of 2018 NSF has transitioned from FastLane over to for accounts.  

NIH/NSF Account Password Resets and/or Forgotten ID's: 

Note that any password resets or ID reminders are done directly at each Sponsor's website respectively.  RAIS/Brown has no access to resetting passwords at these external, sponsor-owned websites. 

  • Make your password or ID retreival request directly via eRA Commons or's login areas, or by calling their helpdesk at the numbers provided at the site. 


The Research Administration and Information Systems Team will contact you as soon as you are set up.  For both NIH eRA Commons and NSF, you will receive a new account email directly from the sponsor.