User Story: Designing a Strategy for Finding Federal Grants

Over the last few weeks, we have begun featuring user scenarios from across the Grants.gov user experience. Click the User Story tag for all the posts in the series.

Susan's scenario: As a staff member in a university’s Office of Sponsored Research, I need to start searching for federal grants and sending opportunity reports to different departments.

Now that Susan is up to speed on the phases of the federal grant lifecycle, she feels better equipped to begin scouring Grants.gov for grant opportunities that hold promise for her organization. To complicate things a bit, Susan’s university is looking for grants across a range of different categories.

So for each grouping of opportunities, she will need to use a different combination of keywords and search parameters. Of course, it would be great to be able to save these different search queries and receive emails when a grant comes up in them.

Let’s look at a three-part strategy Susan has designed for finding opportunities that may help you find the grants you are looking for.

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Federal Program Manager – The Beginning of Trish’s Grantor Story

Trish: As a federal program manager, I need to publish a grant forecast and Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the public to apply for.

Before anyone can apply for this HHS grant, Trish needs to coordinate the design and posting of the FOA. To allow prospective applicants more time to plan, Trish would also like to publish a grant forecast.

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New Hire to a University – The Beginning of Susan’s Applicant Story

Text in the speech bubble: As a new hire in a university’s Office of Sponsored Research, I’m supposed to get up to speed on “grants” and start sending opportunity reports to different departments.

You’ve probably been in Susan’s circumstance at some point in your career. You’re starting a new job, and it has something to do with grants but don’t know exactly what that means. Now you need to quickly learn about federals grants so that you can get one and manage it.

How Can Susan Learn about Grants?

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Applicant Scenarios: Subrecipients’ Filling Out Application Forms without a Grants.gov Account

Want us to address one of your organization’s scenarios? Post your scenario in the Grants.gov Discussion Forum for help from the grants community (login required).

We are sometimes asked to fill out a subaward form by our prime. Is there a quick link to the subform available so we don't have to train our team to use Grants.gov Workspace?

This is a great question – and one that we have heard from other people who contribute to an organization’s application.

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