Report Your Progress and Outcomes

This page outlines requirements for reporting your progress and outcomes on a project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

You must follow the guidelines in NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG); this page will point you to the relevant sections.

Project reports

NSF requires you to complete three types of project reports for your NSF-funded project:

  • Annual reports.
  • Final annual reports.
  • Project outcomes report for the general public.

Depositing publications in NSF's Public Access Repository

NSF's public access policy requires that certain publications and juried conference papers be deposited and made available within 12 months of publication in the NSF Public Access Repository (PAR).

NSF has provided a detailed frequently asked questions page to assist you with your public access needs.

Note: In concordance with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's August 2022 memo, NSF's public access policy is currently being updated; visit NSF's Public Access Initiative for updates.

Reporting significant discoveries and accomplishments

It is very important to inform your NSF program officer about significant discoveries in your research or your accomplishments in broader impacts; you should not wait for your annual project report to communicate these accomplishments to NSF.

NSF also requests advance notification of any high-profile publications or high-profile media coverage of your work. Journal embargoes do not preclude you from notifying NSF immediately of these upcoming activities.

Contact your NSF program officer about these activities or if you have any questions.