Monday, January 09, 2006

Change in federal grant submission requirements

Two federal web sites for grant applications have now been consolidated. Both are now under the umbrella of the Grants.gov e-government project. The merger eliminated Fedgrants.gov.

In addition, HRSA will no longer accept applications for grant opportunities in paper form for grant opportunities posted after January 1, 2006. Specific instructions are available in the grant announcement posted on http://grants.gov/. According to the HIV/AIDS Bureau,

Applicants submitting new and competing continuations and a selected number of non-competing continuation applications will be required to submit electronically through Grants.gov for all opportunities posted after January 1, 2006. All applicants must submit in this manner unless the applicant is granted a written exemption from this requirement in advance by the Director of HRSA's Division of Grants Policy. Grantees must request an exemption in writing from DGPClearances AT hrsa.gov and provide details as to why they are not able to submit electronically though the Grants.gov portal.

HRSA recommends that current grantees and applicants register on the Grants.gov site and familiarize themselves with the application process through that site. Help is available on the site, by email (support AT grants.gov), or by calling 800-518-4726.

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