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Shared Services: Using Grants.gov Web Services With Other Grant Systems

If you have spent a year or more in the federal grants world – whether as an applicant or as a federal employee – you may have noted the wide range of federal grant systems that are used across the government.

It is lesser known among grant pros that Grants.gov has created a range of web services – often called application programming interfaces (or APIs) outside the grant world – that system administrators can use to link their grant systems to Grants.gov.

S2S Illustration

An example of this from everyday life is a blogging platform that gives users the option to publish a blog post via a third-party email client (by sending an email to a specific address).

Similarly, Grants.gov can integrate with other grant systems to streamline workflows for both applicants and grantors. Grants.gov refers to this type of integration as System-to-System (S2S).

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What’s New in Federal Grants: Opportunities Supporting Space Science, Youth Mentoring, and More

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new grant opportunities supporting…

  • research opportunities in space and earth sciences
  • mentoring initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency
  • pilot research in experimental therapeutics
  • and more!

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ROSES 2018: Planetary Mission Concept Studies

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Headquarters
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: May 21, 2019
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announces the release of its annual NASA Research Announcement (NRA), Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)– 2018. ROSES is an omnibus NRA, with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. All together these cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by SMD. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intra-agency transfers, depending on the nature of the work proposed, the proposing organization, and/or program requirements.

 

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What Is the Difference Between Grants.gov and Benefits.gov?

This post was originally published on April 18, 2017 and updated on February 20, 2019.

Grants.gov regularly receives a significant amount of queries from users hoping to apply for personal financial assistance from the federal government. These individuals might be looking for home repair grants or forms of disability assistance.

Others are unfortunately driven to Grants.gov by scam artists posing as agents of Grants.gov (or some made-up variant) who promise “free government grants” in exchange for monthly fees or gift cards.

What is the difference between Grants.gov and Benefits.gov?

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What’s New in Federal Grants: Opportunities Supporting Bird Conservation, Hepatitis B Model Programs, and More

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new grant opportunities supporting…

  • the conservation of migratory birds;
  • Hepatitis B model programs that will end transmission of HBV;
  • research relevant to narcotics law enforcement and forensic science;
  • a multi-site evaluation of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.

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Region 3 Division of Migratory Birds

  • Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: April 15, 2019 
  • This program provides grants for the conservation of birds that are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act but not Federally-listed as Endangered or Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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We’re Listening: Updates Coming Soon to Opportunity Forecast Listings on Grants.gov

In the coming weeks, in this space and on Twitter, we will be highlighting upcoming updates to Grants.gov and the Grants.gov Mobile App (iOS | Android).

Many of the upcoming enhancements – scheduled to arrive on March 18 – are being developed, in part, because of user feedback.

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Funding Friday: Federal Grants for Farming Management, Cyberinfrastructure Services, Data Science & More

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new grant opportunities supporting…

  • the improvement the farm management knowledge and skills;
  • integrated cyberinfrastructure services and quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services;
  • studies on advanced policing;
  • the application of data science approaches to energy science.

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Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI)

  • National Science Foundation
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: April 8, 2019 
  • The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure. This program continues the CSSI program by removing the distinction between software and data elements/framework implementations, and instead emphasizing integrated cyberinfrastructure services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation.

 

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User Feedback: The Most Popular Features in a Grants.gov Workspace

If you’ve spent any time on Grants.gov, you have likely been prompted on the homepage to provide user feedback.

We know surveys like these take time to complete, but we appreciate when our users participate. This feedback helps us to continue bringing new features and other improvements to the Grants.gov system.

Since Workspace launched way back in 2015, our surveys have been asking users to name their favorite – or most helpful – Workspace features.

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Funding Friday: Federal Grant Announcements from U.S. Departments of State, Education, Interior & More

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new grant opportunities supporting…

  • the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students;
  • water and energy efficiency;
  • the engagement of youth populations around the world;
  • the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing;
  • research about how the American Lobster and is being impacted by environmental change.

We also introduce a new #FundingFriday feature, in which we highlight recent funding-related tweets from federal government accounts.

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Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Office of Indian Education (OIE): Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Education Agencies

  • Department of Education
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: May 16, 2019
  • The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies (Formula Grants) program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs), Indian Tribes and organizations, and other eligible entities in developing elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) funds comprehensive programs that are designed to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students and ensure that all students meet challenging State academic standards.

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3 Tips for Users Registering as an Organization Applicant on Grants.gov

If you need to register an account with Grants.gov for the first time, you will find the process relatively straightforward. Recent updates to the system have greatly streamlined this process.

All the standard fields you would expect are there, such as Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Username and Password. That said, there are a few tips you will want to keep in mind when you arrive at the Registration page.

 

1. You’ll need a strong password containing no dictionary words.

The password requirements for creating a Grants.gov user account are as follows (pay special attention to the last requirement – recently added – which we have italicized):

“Your password must contain at least eight characters including: at least one uppercase letter (A-Z); at least one lowercase letter (a-z); at least one number (0-9); and at least one special character (e.g. ! @ # $ % ^ & *). Your password must not contain dictionary words, names, or your Username.”

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#FundingFriday: Federal Grants Open to Overseas Non-Profits and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights recently-published federal funding opportunities open to non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations that are based overseas. Click here for a list of the latest federal grant opportunities.

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Building Interfaith Bridges

Department of State, U.S. Mission to Kenya

Current Closing Date for Applications: March 1, 2019

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to design and implement an innovative program to build bridges between members of different faiths in Kenya.

 

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