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NSPIRES Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is NSPIRES?
  • How does NSPIRES differ from Grants.gov?
  • Where can I get the latest version of the Proposers Guidebook (Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA))
  • How can I find opportunities to propose to NASA?
  • Which browser(s) should I use to use NSPIRES?
  • Do I need cookies enabled to access your web site?
  • Where can I get the meaning of the terms used in NSPIRES?
  • Who needs to be a registered member in NSPIRES?
  • I am not a US Citizen. Can I still register in NSPIRES?
  • How do I start my registration in NSPIRES?
  • I'm having trouble with the registration. How can I get help?
  • What is the Unique Identifier?
  • What is the Security Challenge Question?
  • Why won't NSPIRES accept my zip+4? It changes to a different number.
  • What is the difference between an affiliation and an association?
  • I added an association by mistake. How can I delete it?
  • I cannot find my organization in the affiliation Screen.
  • How long do I have to wait to access my NSPIRES account?
  • What does the validation error "user information is not unique in the system" mean?
  • What does the validation error "this email already exists in your Address Book" mean?
  • I got a validation error when attempting to activate my account. Why?
  • What does it mean that my account is locked and how do I unlock it?
  • I forgot my username, what do I do?
  • I forgot my password, what do I do?
  • What is SAM?
  • My organization is registered in SAM. Why can't I see it in NSPIRES?
  • What organizations need to be registered in NSPIRES?
  • I am an unaffiliated individual planning to submit a proposal to NASA. Do I need an organization that is registered in NSPIRES?
  • Who can register my organization in NSPIRES?
  • Who is the EBPOC of my organization?
  • I am the EBPOC of my organization. How do I register my organization in NSPIRES?
  • Did the process for registering an organization in NSPIRES change?
  • How long does it take for an organization to become active?
  • What is an OPOC?
  • A PI has indicated that his affiliation request has not been processed. What do I do?
  • The PI tells me she has released her proposal to me for submission, but I can't see it.
  • The PI has released her proposal to me, but it isn't ready for submission. How can I return "write access" to her?
  • The AOR has rejected a proposal, but now wants to recover it. How is this done?
  • The PI wants to withdraw his proposal from NASA. How is this done?
  • What is an NOI?
  • How do I submit an NOI?
  • Can I print my NOI?
  • I can't remember if I submitted an NOI or not. How can I check?
  • I missed the NOI deadline. Can I still submit?
  • How do I withdraw my NOI?
  • Some of my team members do not yet have NSPIRES accounts, but I need to submit my NOI. What should I do?
  • How can I create and submit an Unsolicited Proposal?
  • What is the content and form of a proposal in NSPIRES?
  • Is there a file size limitation on my electronic proposal?
  • How do I create a proposal cover page?
  • How do I submit a proposal?
  • I've started the proposal creation/submission process. How do I find what I started and see where it is in the process?
  • What do the various "proposal status" types mean?
  • Why is the cover page so long?
  • Do I really need to list all team members on my cover page?
  • Some of my team members do not yet have NSPIRES accounts. What do I do?
  • I understand that some solicitations require team members to demonstrate their commitment to the proposed activity via NSPIRES. How is this done?
  • I've linked my proposal with one of my affiliated organizations, but decided to submit using another. How do I unlink my proposal from the first organization?
  • What is the "Check Elements" button and what do those symbols mean in the Status column?
  • What is that "generate" button under the "Complete Proposal" banner and should I do it?
  • My proposal has been submitted, but now I can't see it anymore. What happened?
  • I have been invited to be a reviewer. Do I need an account in NSPIRES?
  • I accessed my NSPIRES account. Where can I find the proposals assigned to me?
  • I clicked in the Review name, and I do not see the proposals.
  • What application should I use to open the proposal?
  • I opened the proposal, but I see only the cover page.
  • How can I decline to review a proposal that I have a conflict with?
  • I am ready to submit my evaluation. Where can I find the Evaluation Form?
  • What does the Create button do?
  • What does the Download button do?
  • What does the Upload button do?
  • Can I save my evaluation and edit it at a later time?
  • I lost my review. Is there a session time out?
  • I have received an error that states I entered more than 4000 characters
  • I submitted my evaluation as final. Can I edit it?
  • I received an email from NSPIRES that a decision had been made on my proposal, what do I do?
  • I am an AOR, and I received an email from NSPIRES that a decision had been made on a proposal, what do I do?
  • Will I still receive a letter in the mail?
  • My AOR told me that decisions for my program had been made, but when I log on I don't see the banner and documents you describe. What does this mean?
  • My proposal was selected, but I need to submit a revised budget. How can I do that?
  • Why do my older, submitted proposals still show a status of "submitted?" They were declined/accepted.