Every organization is going to approach Grants.gov Workspace a little differently when applying for a federal grant. Some applicants take advantage of Grants.gov’s system-to-system functionality. Others prefer to have a single person submitting grant applications. Most applicants, though, work with a team to apply for a grant.
The following scenario illustrates how a team of three applicants might work together to apply using Workspace.
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.
The Reply All blog series addresses individual user questions that may be relevant to a wider audience.
Q: How smart is Workspace? Can it catch my mistakes?
A: Workspace is built to alert users to potential problems with their grant applications. If you miss a required field, for example, a message will list the overlooked field in a pop-up window when you click the application form’s Check for Errors button.
If you fill out the SF-424 form before working on other forms in the application package, Workspace will populate certain other fields on other forms within the package. This will both save you time and help you avoid making a typo when re-typing data on multiple forms.
However, there are certain mistakes that Workspace will not be able to catch or remedy.
In part two of our Release 15.4 preview, we are highlighting the arrival of online Workspace forms to Grants.gov.
Previously, all federal grant applications on Grants.gov comprised Adobe PDF forms – either as a single package of forms, or – in Workspace – as downloadable individual forms. Now, federal grant applicants can complete forms within their web browser on a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device, such as a tablet.
What are the appeals of using online forms vs. PDF forms? Let’s take an applicant named Tricia at a university’s office of sponsored research, as our example.
Q: What does the Grantor Image tab do in Workspace?
Applicants who have access to the Grantor Image tab are able to preview their application package – including any attachments – just as the grant-making agency will see it when it is submitted. This service can provide peace of mind, ensuring that everything you have included in the application will be viewed optimally by the grantor.
The Reply All blog series addresses your questions and feedback received on Grants.gov’s various platforms – including Search, Workspace, Blog.Grants.gov, Twitter, and YouTube – that may be relevant to a wider user audience. This is the first post in the series.
Q: I noticed the Grantor Validation tab in your Workspace videos, but I don’t see it in the workspace I’m applying with. What is it and why am I not seeing it?
Applicants who have access to the Preview Grantor Validation tab are able to preview the errors and warnings their application package would encounter from the grant-making agency. This preview feature compares the current state of your application package against the validations in the grant-making agency’s grants system.
However, this Workspace feature must be “turned on” by the grant-making agency funding the grant for which you are applying.
If you apply for grants from multiple federal agencies, you could easily find yourself using several different grant application systems. But with Grants.gov Workspace, in most cases, you don’t need to.
One of the great benefits of using Grants.gov and its Workspace application tool is that all federal agencies and 99 percent of all federal grant application packages are supported. This means…
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