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.
Continue reading Grants.gov Release 16.0 Is Live! Here’s What You Need to Know
You may have seen the video below about the benefits of Workspace. One user who watched the video wrote to us recently and requested videos that explain how to use Workspace. The good news is they already exist!
We have created two video series that can assist applicants applying for federal grants using Workspace.
Continue reading Reply All: Using Video Tutorials to Learn How to Apply with Workspace
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.
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.
Continue reading Grants.gov Workspace for Colleges and Universities, Part 2 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.
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.
Continue reading Grants.gov Workspace for Colleges and Universities, Part 1 of 3
This June, Grants.gov applicants will be able to take advantage of a range of new features when managing their application workflow within Workspace.
With the Legacy PDF going away at the end of 2017, users have begun familiarizing themselves with Grants.gov Workspace, an online interface that streamlines many of the more challenging aspects of collaborating on a federal grant application.
Enhancements coming to Workspace with Release 16.0 include the arrival of forms-level access and the ability to add participants from other (external) organizations.
Continue reading Release 16.0 Preview: New Privileges for Workspace Owners Coming Soon
Applicants who use Workspace to apply have several options for checking and validating the data they enter into application forms – before they even click Submit. To begin with, each form has a Check for Errors button and each Workspace has a Check Application button.
Some applicants also have access to the Preview Grantor Validation tab. When you use the validation, you can see the submission errors and warnings you would receive from the grant-making agency had you submitted your application package in its current state.
Continue reading Check for Errors before Submitting Application
The legacy PDF application package will be retired on December 31, 2017.
If you don’t know what that means and missed our previous blog posts here and here, or the Grants.gov Notices page, here’s a quick summary:
In the past, applicants have downloaded and filled out a single, big, stitched PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package”). To work as a team, you had to email the file back-and-forth while making sure all are using the same exact version of Adobe software. Continue reading It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired.
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.
Continue reading Teaming Up on a Federal Grant Application in Grants.gov Workspace
Last year brought a lot of changes and enhancements to the Grants.gov program, and you can find detailed information and statistics in the Grants.gov Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.
If you don’t have time to read through the full report, here are a few key highlights from FY16:
Continue reading Grants.gov FY2016 Annual Report Highlights