NSF requests date of birth for the purpose of obtaining educational data from the National Student Clearinghouse and contacting applicants in the future to participate in program evaluations or research studies.

Emails are the primary mode of communication used by the REU administrators. Please provide a current e-mail address where you can be reached regarding your REU application.

Password length must be between 8 and 20 characters. The password must meet the following requirements:

  1. At least one lowercase letter
  2. At least one capital letter
  3. At least one number
  4. At least one of the following special characters: #, &, %, !, @, (, )

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. By submitting an application through this system you are hereby certifying that you meet all eligibility requirements for the REU program.

Rules of Behavior

This computer system is the property of the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the Federal Government. Any system activity may be monitored and any information stored within the system may be retrieved and used by authorized personnel for law enforcement, management, routine system operations, or other purposes. By using this computer system, you are consenting to such monitoring and information retrieval and use.

Unauthorized use of the system, including disclosure of information covered by the Privacy Act or other sensitive information, or attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, is prohibited and could result in disciplinary action, civil and/or criminal penalties. Users should be aware that they have no expectation of privacy when using the NSF-provided computer system (including any removable media used in conjunction with the system), accessing the Internet, or using electronic mail systems.

All information maintained within or retrievable through the NSF computer system, including electronic mail files, may be reviewed and retrieved by the Department of Homeland Security; NSF officials who have a legitimate reason to do so when authorized by the Director or Deputy Director; or by the Inspector General.


An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OMB control number for this collection is 3145-0248. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.5 hours for applicants to register and 12 hours to submit an application, including the time for reviewing instructions. Burden estimates for principal investigators is 0.5 hours to register and 8.9 hours to record admissions decisions and program attendance. Send comments regarding the burden estimate and any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to:

Suzanne Plimpton
Reports Clearance Officer
Division of Administrative Services
National Science Foundation
Alexandria, VA 22314

Please note that information provided through the REU Data System will be used for admissions decisions, audits, and research and evaluation purposes. All applicants’ information will be maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974. No personal information will be released to the public.