How Do I Download, Complete & Upload a Workspace Form? #ReplyAll

The Grants.gov Support Center helps a lot of you resolve problems and complete your federal grant applications before the deadline. One of the most common questions the Support Center gets is how to use Workspace forms.

Below are general steps to answer that question. “General” because the steps below depend on whether you are filling out a webform or a PDF version of the form—you get to choose. Since this is the most common Workspace-related question to the Support Center, we know many of you have no problem creating a workspace since the forms are only accessible through that.

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How to Find Your Congressional District for the SF-424 Form

The “Congressional District of Applicant” field is just one tiny rectangle on the SF-424 form, but if you get it wrong, it can create complications for your application downstream.

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In this field, the grant-making agency expects a code that begins with your state’s two-letter abbreviation and ends with a three-digit district number. A hyphen separates the two parts, like this, “VA-001” [State of Virginia – 1st Congressional District].

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Grants.gov Release 16.0 Is Live! Here’s What You Need to Know

The latest updates to the Grants.gov system bring significant improvements to Workspace to better accommodate our diverse group of applicants. Below are the essentials for this release and links to more detailed information.

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Grant Writing Basics: 3 Tips to Avoid Last Minute Problems

Applying for a federal grant can be a lot of work involving many moving parts. On top of strategizing, conducting meetings, and writing a compelling proposal, there are other little-but-necessary tasks on the path to successfully submitting your application that you should do well before the closing date.

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Here are 3 tips to avoid some of those last minute problems:

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Grants.gov Workspace for Colleges and Universities, Part 3 of 3

In Part 3 of our ongoing blog series, we will look at how a Big Team of Specialists can apply for a federal grant using Workspace. We assume you have read Part 1 and Part 2 because these go over the basics and allow us to get into more specifics here.

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If you are beginning to see how Workspace might fit your grant process, but you are concerned that some of the more nuanced parts of your standard grant proposal development process will not fit, here are a few ideas.

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Grants.gov Workspace for Colleges and Universities, Part 2 of 3

So, you work in the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and have to lead your small grants team in applying for a federal grant. Before reading further, please read Part 1 of Grants.gov Workspace for Colleges and Universities. That’s the foundation we build on below.

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Let’s say your IHE grant team fits the Small Team of Generalists category. You also know you don’t have a month to try to learn and test out a different grant application system. Here are your next steps to quickly learn whether Workspace will fit your team.

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Grants.gov Workspace for Colleges and Universities, Part 1 of 3

Workspace is the new standard application method on Grants.gov. What does that mean for institutions of higher learning (IHE) that apply for federal grants? This 3-part series will provide tips for how you, as representatives of colleges and universities, can integrate Workspace into your grant application process.

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The Office of Sponsored Research (or sponsored programs) is typically the go-to resource for principal investigators, researchers, professors, and other IHE employees who want to apply for a federal grant. For Tier 1 Research Universities, this may be a robust office with a very large team of specialized staff. For smaller public or private IHEs, this may be a couple full-time staff with institutional knowledge about who you should talk to for help with navigating Grants.gov or other federal grant systems.

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#FundingFriday – Top 5 Most Viewed Grants in May (19th-31st)

Earlier this month, we shared the most viewed grants through the first half month of May. Over the last two weeks of the month, have these trends continued? Below are the top 5 for May 19-31.

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Release 16.0 Preview: Introducing the Progress Bar

Since launching Workspace in 2015, Grants.gov has continued to enhance its collaborative features for applicants. Several new features will be available when Release 16.0 is deployed on June 19, 2017.

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Our first Release 16.0 preview post highlighted changes to user roles and access levels that will allow Workspace Owners to control access to budget forms and to add participants from outside organizations.

Another upcoming enhancement is the addition of the new progress bar at the top of the workspace.

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