Grants.gov Release This Weekend—See You Monday

Beginning this Saturday, November 18, 2017, Grants.gov will add improvements to funding opportunity subscription management, Grants.gov account registration, and Workspace. The website will be back up on November 20th.

Grants.gov Release 16.1 on November 18-20

Release 16.1’s Workspace enhancements will, among other things, improve form copy functionality—this feature allows you to copy previous Workspace forms into another Workspace to save time on filling out those forms. Here are the specifics:

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Workspace Celebrates Two Years

Grants.gov’s Workspace, which just marked its second birthday, has seen remarkable user growth, especially over the last year. More than 15,000 organizations are now applying for federal grants with Workspace.

Before Workspace existed, the federal grant application process involved submitting a single package of PDF forms that had to be shared among collaborators.

Grants.gov’s Workspace adds a range of modern, time-saving features that bring flexibility and convenience to the core task of completing application forms.

Workspace celebrates two years

Need some help getting started with Workspace? Watch a recording of our October 18th webinar on “Becoming a Workspace Wizard.”

You Asked, We Answered (in 46 Seconds or Less)

On Twitter, email, and the Community Blog (you’re here now), Grants.gov users regularly ask us about using Workspace to apply for federal grants.

Here we collect a few of the most pressing questions and embed a concise video answer for each.

How Do I Add Participants Who Are Outside My Organization?

This video in the Quick Clicks series explains how users of Grants.gov’s Workspace can add participants who are not part of their own organization.

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Workspace Webinar Video and Recap – What You Missed

For those who missed Grants.gov’s live webinars on applying with Workspace, here is the webinar recording, along with a summary of the common questions we heard from the grants community.

Common Questions and the Answers

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Become a Workspace Wizard: How to Add Outside Collaborators

Federal grant applicants who work as a team sometimes need to collaborate with people who are not part of their organization.

It’s easy to add these external collaborators to a workspace as long as they have a Grants.gov account. You will just need their username.

Become a Workspace Wizard - Lesson 3: Add Outside Collaborators

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Conference Q&A: Your Workspace Questions Answered, Part 2

In case you missed us, here’s Part 2 of the question and answer session we had at the at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Annual Conference. If you missed part 1 of the Conference Q&A, check out that blog post first.

If you have questions about Workspace, read this post and then go to the Grants.gov Online User Guide for more information.

Community Conversations, Grants.gov Community Blog Series

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Register for the Grants.gov Workspace Webinar

Register today for the Getting Started with Grants.gov Workspace: Become a Workspace Wizard webinar presented by the Grants.gov Program Management Office (PMO).

Register Today for the Become a Workspace Wizard Webinar

Workspace is Grants.gov’s shared, online environment to collaboratively complete and submit federal grant applications. With the retirement of the Legacy PDF application method on December 31, 2017, Grants.gov is providing this free webinar to help get you started with using Workspace.

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7 Online User Guide Articles to Get You Started With Workspace

With the Legacy PDF retirement approaching, many Grants.gov users are reaching out with questions about how to submit their first application using Workspace.

A few users are not aware that Grants.gov has developed an Online User Guide that is always just a click away.

Grants.gov Help link

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Become a Workspace Wizard: Learn How to Restrict Access to Budget Forms

One of Grants.gov’s most recent enhancements gives the Workspace Owner, AORs with MPIN access, and the E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) the ability to restrict access to budget forms.

These forms often contain confidential information, such as salary data. With Release 16.0, participants in a workspace can be prevented from viewing budget forms.

Become a Workspace Wizard

Learn how to do this as a Workspace Owner or as an AOR with MPIN access, and you will be one step closer to becoming your organization’s in-house Workspace Wizard (funny-looking hat not required).

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Conference Q&A: Your Workspace Questions Answered, Part 1

On August 8, 2017, Grants.gov presented on Workspace at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Annual Conference to approximately 175 of you in the grants community.

Growing up, our teachers always told us, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” Those who made it to the presentation did not disappoint! Our teachers also often followed up with the encouragement that someone else probably has the same question. In that spirit, we are going to share questions and answers from the presentation in case you could not make it.

Community Conversations, Grants.gov Community Blog Series

Big-Picture Questions

Where can I train and play around with Workspace to learn the functionality?

For training, start with this blog post & video to get a basic understanding of Workspace.

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