The University of Iowa

National Science Foundation Final Report Instructions

Unless otherwise specified in the award, the final project report should be submitted electronically no later than 120 days following the end date of the grant. As reflected in the Project Report System, the report is considered due during the 120-day period. The report becomes overdue the day after the 120-day period ends.

If you have funds remaining and wish to request a no-cost extension of the grant, you must do so at least 45 days prior to the Project Period end date.  

To process a no-cost extension with NSF please have the PI follow these steps.

  1. Log in at
  2. Hover over Awards & Reporting
  3. Click on Notifications & Requests
  4. Click Prepare New
  5. Follow directions from there.

You must submit your NSF Final Report at If you have already submitted your report electronically to NSF please disregard the remainder of this notice.

BEFORE YOU PREPARE THE TEXT OF YOUR REPORT, be sure to read the instructions on the site regarding project reports.  The site has helpful information about the RPPR format. To log into you will need your NSF FASTLANE password.  

If you need FASTLANE password help go to Click “Log In,” then “Forgot Password.” After entering their NSF ID and clicking, “Send Temporary Password.”

NSF carefully monitors the submission of final reports and sends the University a listing of those which are overdue.  According to NSF: "Principal Investigators and Co-principal Investigators are precluded from receiving additional NSF support if a Final Project Report for an expired grant is overdue." In order to avoid this situation, please complete and submit your reports within the time period specified. 

If you have questions please contact the Division of Sponsored Programs at or 319.335.2123.