NIH eRA Commons

To obtain an NIH User ID for eRA Commons, please click the link below and complete and submit the form. 


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 March 26, 2018 NSF is transitioning over to  

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 Fastlane, you will receive a new account email directly from the sponsor.  Questions on the form should be directed to - (401) 863-2777.