Before your organization can receive a federal grant, you must first submit the grant application (among many other things, of course). This is why the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) role in Grants.gov is important.
A user with the AOR role is authorized to submit applications on behalf of the organization. When the E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) assigns the AOR role to a user, the Manage Workspace role is automatically added as well.
Submitting a Workspace as a Team
If we continue to think of each workspace team as a basketball team, the team member with the AOR role is like the go-to scorer—the person who has the ball in clutch moments at the end of the game.
Similarly, a user with the AOR role is the person who, at the end of the grant writing process, submits the application once it is complete. They may also have a lot of involvement in the game (or writing as it were) leading up to that point.
Team Dynamics: Applying & Submitting Together
- Workspace is the online space for your team of participants to complete forms and attachments in your grant application
- A user with the AOR role may also fill out forms just like other workspace participants
- Once the application is ready for submission, the user with the AOR role may submit the application
- Note that an AOR with expanded access does not need to be a participant in the workspace in order to submit the application
Altogether, workspace allows each team of applicants to use Grants.gov to apply for a grant based on how they would like to work together. Here’s more about how all of the roles and access levels work together.