Grants.gov – A Brief Overview
Grants.gov is the federal government’s web-based portal for both finding and applying for grants.
Grants.gov was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public.
Today, Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs from 26 different federal grant-making agencies and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
Registration: DO NOT TRY TO REGISTER IN GRANTS.GOV!
Only individuals who are applying for an award that is granted directly to you must register in order to apply for a grant. All other grant opportunities such as an NIH R01-Individual Investigator Award, are awarded to organizations and do not require the Principal Investigator or Project Director to register. Queens College is the official applicant for these grants and is already registered.
You can however, sign up to receive notices about upcoming grant opportunities in your area of research or expertise. Click here to Sign Up!
In order to download grant forms and instructions, you will need the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader available for free at adobe.com.
Grants.gov is not a grant-making organization. Grants.gov is the electronic system through which each grant-making agency issues it’s announcements and provides a window through which you submit your application. The agency then retrieves the application and does the review and processes the award separately.
Lastly, grants.gov does not provide financial assistance such as student loans, or financial aid; and it does not process applications for other federal financial assistance programs such as social security.