Federal Funding Spotlight 🔦: Security in Cyberspace, Training for Mental Health Service Providers & More

This edition of Federal Funding Spotlight 🔦 highlights open opportunities from the U. S. Departments of State, Education, and Commerce supporting…

  • Upcoming United Nations-related cyber events of strategic importance
  • Innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health services providers
  • Schools in communities with pervasive violence, and more!

Visit the Grants.gov Search page to browse a complete list of open opportunities.

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Strengthening International Engagement on Security in Cyberspace

Department of State, Office of the Secretary | Current Closing Date for Applications: August 9, 2019 

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI) announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications for a program to support upcoming United Nations-related cyber events of strategic importance – in particular, meetings related to the UN Group of Governmental Experts and the UN Open Ended Working Group. The purpose of this award is to support travel, lodging and other logistics for civilian government officials to participate in these key cyber-related discussions, as well as other UN events that may discuss non-security cyber issues of concern (e.g. Internet governance, cybercrime, and Internet freedom). The recipient will also develop an online training course, which aims to provide foundational understandings on core U.S. cyber policy concepts for foreign civilian government officials, particularly regarding international security and stability in cyberspace.

 

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Pro Tip for Mobile App Users: How to Quickly View and Share a Package PDF Form

Did you know the Grants.gov mobile app (Android | iOS) streamlines some time-consuming applicant tasks and makes it feasible to accomplish these tasks on the go?

Let’s say you want to review a funding opportunity package’s required forms, and then share a read-only PDF of one form with a colleague who will be tasked with filling in all required fields and attaching additional documentation.

Here’s how to do it in about two minutes:

1️⃣  Tap the Package link on the funding opportunity announcement.

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The Latest in Federal Grants Supporting Our 🏕 National Parks and 🏜 Public Lands

This edition of Federal Funding Spotlight marks the arrival of summer with a curated collection of funding opportunities from the Department of the Interior that support…

  • our national parks 🏕
  • wildlife preservation 🦉
  • public land conservation efforts 🌅
  • youth engagement 🏃🏾‍♀️ , and more!

 

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HHS Conference Affords Glimpse Into ‘Reinvention’ of Federal Grants Management

As federal agencies continue their move towards a more data-centric approach to grants management, areas like grantee risk assessment and performance evaluation are positioned to reap the early benefits of the ongoing data revolution in government.

On June 6, attendees at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grants Management Conference in Shady Grove, MD were given glimpses of how data can be leveraged to help achieve mission objectives more effectively and efficiently.

Imagine creating efficiencies and reducing administrative burden by 1% annually and utilizing those funds for mission objectives.At HHS, improving efficiency by even a single percentage point can mean billions of dollars saved, said Michael Peckham, who heads up the Reinvent Grants Management initiative at HHS.

In fiscal year 2018, for example, about 67% of all federal grants came from HHS, totaling about $509 billion. Peckham, citing a study by the Federal Demonstration Partnership, said that an estimated 44% of awarded grant funds are spent on grantor and grantee overhead.

“Imagine creating efficiencies and reducing administrative burden by 1% annually” and utilizing those funds for mission objectives, he said.

In fact, a range of data-related reforms are already being rolled out and tested within HHS. These efforts are laying the foundation for the more efficient and effective use of federal grant funds in the coming years.

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Grants.gov Workspace Wins Award for Innovative, Collaborative Enhancements

Grants.gov recently received a 2019 FedHealthIT Innovation award for the improvements it has made to the federal grant application process with Workspace.

Health industry news organization FedHealthIT (FedHealthInnovation & Technology) brought together a panel of judges from across the sector who made their award decisions “with a primary focus on innovation and results achieved.”

Grants.gov Wins 2019 FedHealthIT Innovation Award

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The Latest in Federal Grants: Opportunities from the U.S. Department of State

Our latest edition of Federal Funding Spotlight 🔦 focuses on open opportunities from the U.S. Department of State. These grants and cooperative agreements aim to…

  • increase workforce employability, and improve access to higher value opportunities through demand-driven professional training;
  • develop the skills and abilities of a new generation of independent leaders;
  • pair cities in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN), water districts, and utilities with counterparts in the United States to expand the adoption of new technologies;
  • use community radio to build resilience, trust, and narratives to counter violent extremism on the Kenyan coast, and more.

For a complete, 🔍 searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.

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Distinguishing Among Different Types of Federal Awards, Including Block Grants, Cooperative Agreements & More

Over the last three years, we have published a wide range of blog articles that explain the ins and outs of federal grants. In some of these posts, as part of our “What Is…” series, we define key terms that applicants might encounter when browsing opportunities from federal grant-making agencies.

In this post, we review the various types of federal funding opportunities and provide a link for readers to want to learn more about a specific type of federal award.

 

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What is an Award?

A federal award is a legal instrument through which you (i.e., an applicant) are awarded a grant agreement or cooperative agreement by a federal grant-making agency (i.e., a grantor). Click here to go deeper.

 

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Federal Funding Spotlight: Memorial Day Edition 🇺🇸

Our Memorial Day edition of Federal Funding Spotlight 🔦 focuses on open opportunities relating to U.S. veterans. These funding opportunities aim to…

  • enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans;
  • help state governments with the construction or renovation of state veterans extended care facilities;
  • support highly impactful and military-relevant research in the field of burn wound care, and more.

For a complete, 🔍 searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.

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Applicant Resource: Gleaning Insights into Funding Trends with the NIH Data Book

Every year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases an online resource called the NIH Data Book. Its current iteration is the most powerful the resource has ever been at communicating “funding trends on grants and contract awards, success rates, small business programs, peer review, as well as the scientific workforce.”

The Data Book’s new interactive visualizations, added in 2019, make it easy to explore the mountains of data available from NIH-funded projects and programs.

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