|Submitting Error Free Applications|
|Friday, 27 August 2010 12:48|
Paper applications, for the most part, are a thing of the past. Nearly all federal agencies receive grant applications through grants.gov or an agency-specific system like NSF’s fastlane. Some of these systems, notably grants.gov, are complicated, time consuming and, worst of all, unforgiving. Many universities have had applications rejected because of system errors.
Proposal submission through grants.gov is a multi-step process, culminating when the agency system receives your application from the grants.gov system. Errors can occur at this step, and they are often not visible at the time of submission. In order to accommodate applicants, NIH established a two-day window for error correction. That window is closing in January 2011.
Almost all of these system errors are avoidable by timely proposal development and submission. You can avoid submission errors by taking the following steps:
I don’t need time, I need a deadline. Duke Ellington.