While the federal government has established a single gateway site for the federal-wide submission of grants and contracts (Grants.gov), all submissions are unique and most have special documents and processes unique to an agency or subdivision of an agency. Moreover, the major research funding agencies still maintain their own electronic submission sites and either give the institution an option or use aspects of both.
Almost all agencies either allow or require a faculty PI/PD to initiate the start-up process of a grant. However, all agencies require that the proposal can only be submitted by a responsible institutional officer (sometimes called ARO, SRO, etc). The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs has this responsibility and staff trained to execute it.
If you are about to develop an electronic grant proposal or considering one, the ORSP staff will be able to assist you getting started...or all the way through the process.
The major federal electronic grant gateways are:
- Grants.gov – The centralized gateway for all federal grant submissions.
- NSF Fastlane – NSF’s grant submission and management gateway.
- NIH eRA Commons - The eRA Commons is an online interface where grant applicants, grantees and federal staff at NIH and grantor agencies can access and share administrative information relating to research grants.
- NASA NSPIRES - The NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System. This web-based system supports the entire lifecycle of NASA research proposal submission and administration.