Category Archives: Applications/Proposals

Alert! Grants.gov Requires File Naming Conventions

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

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What Should You Know about Registering with SAM?

No one ever said change was easy, and that certainly seems to be holding true for the System for Award Management, or SAM for short. We have spotlighted the delays in launching SAM in past blog posts, but now other…

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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

Although the headline to this blog post may sound somewhat flippant, I have to applaud the National Science Foundation for trying to keep its constituents informed about the latest on their Recovery Act programs at an increasingly stressful time.

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A Semi-Answer to the SAM/EPLS Dilemma

It took a while, but I believe I have an answer to my question I asked in a blog post a couple of weeks ago related to SAM.gov and the now-defunct Excluded Parties List System. An answer, yes. Details, no.

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Goodbye EPLS, Hello Controversy

Have you ever had a nagging question about something and then once you find out the answer, you realize you’ve gotten more than you bargained for? After writing my blog post yesterday on the General Services Administration’s new System for…

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Again today, I’m tying my blog post to a recent movie. This weekend, we watched a DVD of the 2011 movie “We Bought a Zoo,” starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. What we thought would be an interesting movie for…

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Good Comment, Now Who Said It?

Is it just me or is our nation’s reliance on technology creating more problems than offering solutions? Ladies and gentlemen, I present Regulations.gov as the current culprit.

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LSC Issues Request for Proposals on its Internal Controls

The Legal Services Corporation is trying to get the word out about a request for proposals for the evaluation and assessment of its internal controls for the competitive grants process used to award grants. We thought we’d help them in…

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Sneak Preview: NSF Working on Merit Review Criteria Guidance

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The National Science Foundation is planning how to implement recommendations to revise its merit review criteria. Handed down by a National Science Board task force, the recommendations…

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Congressional Letters of Support – Really?

(This guest post was written by Karen Norris, grants manager for Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting educational institutions in the state of Maryland and as a grants consultant. She is currently…

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