Alert! Requires File Naming Conventions

October 22, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Just when you think you’ve got the system down pat, something changes. Take note!

Applicants for federal awards who submit proposals electronically through must attach files as part of the submission process. These files, as all files, must be named. There now are new compliance requirements relating to filenames. Noncompliance with the new naming convention will result in rejecting the application.

Filename characters are now validated and enforced during the submission process. Applicants are now limited to using specific characters in all attachment file names. Valid file names may only include the following:

  • characters A to Z or a to z;
  • numbers 0 to 9;
  • underscore ( _ );
  • hyphen (-);
  • space ( ); and
  • period (.).

If applicants use any other characters when naming their attachment files, warns the application will be rejected. Don’t let this happen to you. You’d hate for a simple filename error to hamper your efforts when applying for federal funds.

Let us know how you feel about this new requirement.



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