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What is Grants.gov?
Grants.gov is a mechanism to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. It provides an “electronic storefront” for interactions between grant applicants and federal agencies that manage grant funds.
Who submits applications to Grants.gov?
Under the Grants.gov system, the University submits applications prepared by a Park faculty or staff member. Applicants, therefore, do not require individual user accounts. Applications are submitted by an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). The University has designated Edmund Brackett, Director of Sponsored Programs, to serve as the AOR for the submission of grant applications through Grants.gov.
How do faculty and staff apply for grants using Grants.gov?
Applying for grants involves downloading a grant application package and instructions from the Grants.gov website. Most federal agencies are using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) application. Applications are broken down into components and, with the exception of the Cover Page, all other components are program specific. Federal agencies will specify in their announcements or instructions which components are required for a particular program solicitation.
Important Note about Submission Deadlines
Grants.gov date-and-time stamps applications and then completes a validation process after an application is fully uploaded. Our understanding is that this process may take 24 to 72 hours to complete. Therefore, faculty/staff should prepare their applications early. All applications must be submitted to OSP at least five working days prior to the submission deadline. Completed applications should be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so that he may submit them to Grants.gov.
As a reminder, the University requires individuals applying for external grants to complete, obtain appropriate signatures, and submit a Pre-Proposal Review Form to OSP at least 30 days prior to the submission deadline.