Summary of Upcoming Changes with User Impacts

(Revised April 18, 2018)

AFFECTED USERS CHANGE DESCRIPTION
Effective Date: April 21, 2018 (Release 16.2)
Applicant

EBiz POC privileges changed to only manage Organization and manage Applicants/Certificates

  • Expanded AOR role can be assigned to any Applicant in your Organization
  • Expanded AORs have access to manage all Workspaces, Submissions, Applicants, Certificates for the Organization
  • Thus, EBiz POC privileges will be limited to only manage the Organization, manage Applicants, and manage Certificates
Effective Date: April 21, 2018 (Release 16.2)
Grantor, Grantor S2S

For new Opportunities, existing web services will require Opportunity Number to be unique across all Agencies

  • Funding Opportunity Number will be required to be unique across all agencies for new and modified Opportunities
    • Existing duplicates will not be impacted unless the Funding Opportunity Number is changed
  • The affected web services include:
    • Create Adobe Opportunity
    • Create Opportunity Forecast
    • Create Opportunity Package
    • Update Opportunity Elements
Effective Date: May 21, 2018 (Release 16.2.1 UAT in Grants.gov Training Environment)
Applicant S2S

Applicant S2S transition period from submission header V1.0 to new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Training Environment

  • With header V2.0, uniquely identify a Package using Package ID instead of the combination of Funding Opportunity Number, CFDA, and Competition ID
  • Submission Hash will no longer be validated for either header version. (No changes to attachment hash processing.)
  • Between May 21, 2018 and October 19, 2018, Grants.gov will accept both the old submission header V1.0 and new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Training Environment to give our S2S users an opportunity to test and update their systems in preparation for the June 16, 2018 change in the Grants.gov Production environment
  • Applicant S2S systems will need to be updated to utilize the new submission header V2.0 by October 20, 2018.
  • New web services include:
    • Get Opportunity List which will contain an updated Schema/Instructions URL with a link to submission header V2.0
    • Get Submission List and Get Submission List As Third Party which will return Package ID
  • Note: See the related notices below:
    • June 16, 2018 "Applicant S2S transition period from submission header V1.0 to new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Production Environment"
    • October 20, 2018 "Grants.gov will only accept new submission header V2.0 for Applicant S2S"
Effective Date: May 31, 2018
Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S, Grantor, Applicant

For Grants.gov Production Environment - Disable Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 Support

On May 31, 2018, Grants.gov will disable support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in the Grants.gov Production environment for our website users and S2S users (Note: TLS 1.0 was previously disabled for S2S) . Thus, Grants.gov will only support connections that have TLS 1.2 enabled in an effort to maintain a secure environment for the Grants.gov community.

For our website users, if your browser does not have TLS 1.2, then you will NOT be able to access the Grants.gov website.

Note: Grants.gov disabled TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in the Training environment (on March 31, 2018) to give our S2S users an opportunity to test and update their systems in preparation for the May 31, 2018 disablement of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in the Grants.gov Production environment.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol that provides communications security over a computer network. It aims to minimize the risk of sensitive data being intercepted and used for malicious purposes during the transmission over insecure networks. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 have been found by Internet Engineering Task Force (ITEF) to contain vulnerabilities and therefore will no longer be supported by Grants.gov after May 31, 2018.

  • You may use a free tool like Qualys SSL Checker Click to View Exit Disclaimer to see if your browser supports TLS 1.2.
  • If your browser does not support TLS 1.2, please replace or upgrade the browser with a more recent or supported version.
  • To enable TLS 1.2 protocol on your preferred browser, please follow these instructions Click to View Exit Disclaimer provided by GeoTrust.
  • Disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in your browser is recommended but not required.
Effective Date: May 31, 2018
Grantor, Grantor S2S

Opportunity Package Templates containing specific inactive R&R Forms will be deleted on May 31, 2018

Templates containing the following inactive R&R Forms will be deleted:

  • R & R Multi-Project Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 10YR 30ATT [V1.0]
  • R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form [V1.2], [V1.3]
  • R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 10 YR 10 ATT [V1.3]
  • R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 10 YR 30 ATT [V1.3]
  • R & R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 5 YR 30 ATT [V1.3]
  • RR FedNonFed Budget [V1.1]
  • Research & Related Budget [V1.1], [V1.3]
  • Research & Related Budget 10YR [V1.3]
  • Research & Related Multi-Project 10 Year Budget [V1.0]
  • Research & Related Personal Data [V1.1]
  • Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) [V1.1]
  • Research & Related Subaward Budget (Total Fed + Non-Fed) 5 YR 30 ATT [V1.2]
  • Research & Related Subaward Budget (Total Fed + Non-Fed) Attachment(s) Form [V1.2]
  • Research And Related Other Project Information [V1.1],[V1.2]
  • SBIR/STTR Information [V1.1]
  • SF424 (R & R) [V1.1], [V1.2]

Additionally, templates containing the following R&R Form will be deleted. Version 1.4 of this form accommodates updates noted on the Common Rule (Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects):

  • Research And Related Other Project Information [V1.3]

Since Grantors will no longer be able to create new packages with these templates, Grantors will need to support the latest versions of the R&R Forms. Please note that there is no impact to existing open packages containing these forms.

Effective Date: June 16, 2018 (Release 16.2.1 in Grants.gov Production Environment)
Applicant S2S

Applicant S2S transition period from submission header V1.0 to new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Production Environment

  • With header V2.0, uniquely identify a Package using Package ID instead of the combination of Funding Opportunity Number, CFDA, and Competition ID
  • Submission Hash will no longer be validated for either header version. (No changes to attachment hash processing.)
  • Between June 16, 2018 and October 19, 2018, Grants.gov will accept both the old submission header V1.0 and new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Production Environment
  • Applicant S2S systems will need to be updated to utilize the new submission header V2.0 by October 20, 2018.
  • New web services include:
    • Get Opportunity List which will contain an updated Schema/Instructions URL with a link to submission header V2.0
    • Get Submission List and Get Submission List As Third Party which will return Package ID
  • Note: See the related notices:
    • May 21, 2018 "Applicant S2S transition period from submission header V1.0 to new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Training Environment"
    • October 20, 2018 "Grants.gov will only accept new submission header V2.0 for Applicant S2S"
Effective Date: October 20, 2018 (Release 16.3)
Applicant S2S

Grants.gov will only accept new submission header V2.0 for Applicant S2S

  • After October 20, 2018, Applicant S2S systems will need to utilize the new submission header V2.0
  • Applicant web services Get Opportunities and Get Opportunity Plus Comp Title will no longer be supported. S2S applicants need to transition to use the Get Opportunity List web service
  • The Get Application List and Get Application List As Third Party web services can no longer be used to uniquely identify the Package while retrieving non-S2S submissions. S2S applicants need to transition to use the Get Submission List or Get Submission List As Third Party web service
  • Note: See the related Release 16.2.1 notices above:
    • May 21, 2018 "Applicant S2S transition period from submission header V1.0 to new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Training Environment"
    • June 16, 2018 "Applicant S2S transition period from submission header V1.0 to new submission header V2.0 in the Grants.gov Production Environment"
Effective Date: October 20, 2018 (Release 16.3)
Grantor, Grantor S2S

Manage Package and Create Opportunity Package web services and UI will no longer accept CFDA Number when creating a Package

  • For new Packages, CFDA will no longer be collected since Packages will use the Opportunity CFDA(s)

The Schema URL returned in Get Application and Get Application Zip web services will use Package ID

  • https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/schemas/agency/pkg<Package ID>.xsd

Get Application List may no longer uniquely identify a Package since it does not return Package ID

  • Grants.gov recommends using the newer Get Application List Expanded web service
Effective Date: December 31, 2018
Grantor, Grantor S2S

Opportunity Package Templates containing the specific inactive Forms will be deleted on December 31, 2018

Forms listed below were inactive forms as of January 2018. Templates containing the following inactive Forms will be deleted:

  • Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) [V2.0]
  • Attachments [V1.0], [V1.1]
  • Budget Information for Construction Programs (SF-424C) [V1.0]
  • Budget Narrative Attachment Form [V1.0], [V1.1]
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) [V1.1]
  • Other Attachments Form [V1.0], [V1.1]
  • PHS 398 Career Development Award Supplemental Form [V3.0]
  • PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement [V2.0], [V3.0]
  • PHS 398 Research Plan [V2.0], [V3.0]
  • PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan [V3.0]
  • PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form [V3.1]
  • Project Abstract [V1.1]
  • Project Narrative Attachment Form [V1.0], [V1.1]
  • Research & Related Project/Performance Site Location(s) [V1.1]
  • Project/Performance Site Location(s) [V1.2], [V1.4]
  • Supplementary Cover Sheet for NEH Grant Programs [V2.0]
  • Objective Work Plan [V1.0], [V1.1]
  • PHS Assignment Request Form [V1.0]

Since Grantors will no longer be able to create new packages with these templates, Grantors will need to support the latest versions of these Forms. Please note that there is no impact to existing open packages containing these forms.

For the Summary of Recent Changes with User Impact, please see the Releases page for the details of the recent enhancements to Grants.gov.