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A. Electronic Application Package

Only electronic applications may be submitted via Grants.gov to NIFA in response to this RFA.

Applicants are advised to submit early to the Grants.gov system.

New Users of Grants.gov

Prior to preparing an application, it is suggested that the PD/PI first contact an Authorized Representative (AR)(also referred to as Authorized Organizational Representative or AOR) to determine if the organization is prepared to submit electronic applications through Grant.gov.  If the organization is not prepared (e.g., the institution/organization is new to the electronic grant application process through Grants.gov), then the one-time registration process must be completed PRIOR to submitting an application. It can take as much as two weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible.  In such situations the AR should go to “Get Registered” on the Grants.gov left navigation bar ( or go to http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp) for information on registering the institution/organization with Grants.gov.  A quick reference guide listing the steps is available as a 4-page PDF document at the following website:  http://www.grants.gov/section910/Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf.  

Steps to Obtain Application Package Materials

The steps to access application materials are as follows:


In order to access, complete and submit applications, applicants must download and install a version of Adobe Reader compatible with Grants.gov.  This software is essential to apply for NIFA Federal assistance awards.  For basic system requirements and download instructions, please see http://www.grants.gov/help/download_software.jsp.  To verify that you have a compatible version of Adobe Reader, Grants.gov established a test package that will assist you in making that determination.  Grants.gov Adobe Versioning Test Package: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/AdobeVersioningTestOnly.jsp.


The application package must be obtained via Grants.gov, go to http://www.grants.gov, click on “Apply for Grants” in the left-hand column, click on “Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package and Instructions,” enter the funding opportunity number USDA-NIFA-SLBCD-003405 in the appropriate box and click “Download Package.”  From the search results, click “Download” to access the application package.  

Contained within the application package is the “NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for Preparation and Submission of NIFA Applications via Grants.gov.”  This Guide contains an introduction and general Grants.gov instructions, information about how to use a Grant Application Package in Grants.gov, and instructions on how to complete the application forms.  

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