Starting December 31, 2017, the Adobe PDF application packages will no longer be available. For situations where eRPM is not an option, Grants.gov offers an alternative online solution called Workspace. With Workspace, forms can either be (1) completed online within a web browser or (2) downloaded individually as PDF files, filled out, and uploaded back into Workspace. ORSP can help guide you through the process of initiating a proposal in Workspace.
If you are one of the few impacted, what can you do now to prepare?
First, stop using PDF application packages from Grants.gov. Take heed and transition now. If you are working on a proposal that will be submitted after December 31, 2017, convert and complete the proposal in eRPM now to avoid unpleasant surprises. If you need any eRPM support there are eResearch job aids as well as some training. You can also call 4-HELP and press option 3.
Second, if you are working on a proposal in eRPM and encounter an unsupported form, contact your ORSP Government Team Project Representative before beginning an application in Workspace. We want to partner with you early in the process to provide guidance and avoid unnecessary risks.
We'll look forward to providing you with more updates for the upcoming transition!