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Apply Early! (& Other Tips on Avoiding Problems with Grants.gov)

March 20, 2009 | By Brett Bobley

Two major application deadlines are rapidly approaching: March 26 is the deadline for the JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization program and April 8 is the deadline for the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program.  Many of you may have seen the recent memo from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget describing the technical problems going on at Grants.gov, the government-wide portal for receiving grants applications.

We are working closely with Grants.gov and they do have both near and long-term plans in place for improving Grants.gov's performance.  However, these improvements will likely be well after these upcoming deadlines. 

It is very important to us here at the NEH that we receive your application. If you are considering applying to one of these deadlines, here are some tips:

-- Apply early.  Many folks wait until the very last day to apply.  That's human nature, I suppose.  But if possible, I strongly suggest you try to get your application in a few days early.  First of all, the system may be less busy.  Secondly, should you encounter a technical issue,  you'll still have time to try again, contact Grants.gov, or contact my office.

-- Consider applying during non-business hours.  As you might imagine, Grants.gov is at its busiest during normal business hours.  It is considerably less busy during evening hours.  So, if possible, you may wish to consider uploading your application during off-hours.

-- If you encounter a problem, first check out the Grants.gov blog to see if there is a known system-wide problem.  Grants.gov will use this blog to alert you to issues.  If the problem doesn't appear to be system-wide, check out the Grants.gov Troubleshooting Tips page, which has some good solutions to common technical problems.

Thanks for your patience as Grants.gov works through these technical issues.  We look forward to receiving your application.  As always, if you have questions, drop us an e-mail at odh@neh.gov.