Workspace Tips & Tricks: How to Create a Custom Role in Grants.gov

Sometimes the standard Grants.gov user roles – Expanded AOR, Standard AOR, and Workspace Manager – can be insufficiently rigid for applicant organizations.

Thus, an organization may want to create custom roles that can be assigned in place of the standard Grants.gov roles.

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New System Enhancements for Users at Grant-Making Agencies

Recent updates to the Grants.gov system have brought welcome new features for users at federal grant-making agencies. These enhancements are discussed in detail in the online user guide. Below, we provide an overview of the changes, along with links to help resources.

New: Login with your PIV card

Grantors can now link a PIV or CAC card to their Grants.gov account. Doing so will give users the option of accessing their account with either the PIV/CAC card or their username and password.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Workspace

Even if you have applied for federal grants using Grants.gov Workspace, you might not be aware of all the features available to applicants.

Workspace Tips and Tricks

Below are five things you might not know about Workspace, along with help articles that walk you through each action.

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Grants.gov Support Center’s Top Questions: Workspace Edition

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you likely know about Grants.gov’s online resources. These resources include training videos and the online user guide.

Sometimes, though, talking on the phone with a real, live human can be crucial – especially when a user is stumped by a specific step in the application process or just feels overwhelmed. To this end, Grants.gov has a Support Center that can be reached 24/7 (except on federal holidays) by phone (1-800-518-4726) or email.

Grants.gov Support Resources

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User Story Collection: How the Federal Grants Community Uses Grants.gov

The characters in our User Story blog series don’t have super-powers. But, the wide-ranging ways they use the Grants.gov system reflect time-saving and efficiency-building methods that real-world users can employ.

Grants.gov User Story Series

Here, we collect the user story narratives we have published so far in 2018.

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User Story: Checking the Application and Submitting in Grants.gov

That sense of relief is almost here for Susan, Leo, and April. From their different circumstances and team sizes, they have all reached a similar point—the grant application is done and they are ready to submit. Before sending it in to the agency, though, they would also like to review the application to make sure it is ready. This review involves their team internally reviewing the accuracy and quality of the application, but it also includes validating it in Grants.gov.

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User Story: A State Agency’s Annual Grant Application

April's user story: I work for a state agency, and it is time to submit the annual federal grant application. If possible, I don't want to fill out the same SF-424 again.

April knows the grant program her state agency applies for each year. She’s familiar with the process and requirements, and this year’s iteration of the grant has hardly changed from last year. So, April would like to be able to re-use last year’s work to save time.

For some of the new work in this year’s application, April needs to add two fellow staff members to the team in Grants.gov, but they cannot have access to any of the budget information.

Time-Savers: Reusing Forms & Copying a Past Workspace

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Video Playlist: Watch the Latest Tutorials in the Learning Workspace Video Series

Get your popcorn ready, everyone. The recently refreshed Learning Workspace Video Series provides step-by-step instructions for organization applicants using Grants.gov workspace.

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Now We’re Ready to Apply—Continuing Susan’s User Story

Susan user story: We targeted a grant, so now our Office of Sponsored Research is responsible for getting the team together and completing the application.

Now that Susan has been in her position for some time and has searched through grant opportunities, her university has targeted a specific grant to apply for. To do this well, and quickly, Susan needs to be able to ensure a faculty member, several Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) staff members, and two outside consultants can help with completing the application.

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User Story: Applying for Federal Grants When Internet Connectivity Is Limited

Leo - I need to apply for a federal grant, but I have to drive a couple hours from our rural community to a town with internet access. As a result, I need to be able to fill out the grant application forms offline.

Grants.gov has long been attentive to the needs of applicants like Leo. One of the key benefits of the Grants.gov Workspace platform is that it can serve a range of applicant needs, including those applicants who must work on forms offline due to slow or intermittent access to internet.

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