How to Register for Grants.gov
Search Grant Advisor Plus, an on-line database of funding opportunities
In order to submit grants to any federal agency, you must first register for grants.gov. Please note that this only applies to grants intended for individuals, such as fellowships. Large research grants to agencies like NIH and NSF are submitted by the college, whereas smaller fellowship grants from agencies like NEH are submitted by individual faculty members. (If you are ever unclear about this distinction, please contact Jane Woodcock, faculty grants manager at Reed.) The grant solicitation will typically tell you whether or not you need to apply as an individual.
Registering with grants.gov is fairly simple, but it is a two step process. In order to register for grants.gov, please follow these instructions.
- Go to www.grants.gov, and select "Register" on the top right side of screen.
- Select INDIVIDUAL APPLICANT, and click next.
- Locate the "funding opportunity number" (found in each grant solicitation) and enter it in the box, then click "Register." The funding opportunity number will be a combination of numbers and letters-for example, the funding opportunity number for the 2008 NEH summer stipend program is 20081001-FT. If you are unsure of how to find this number in the grant solicitation, please contact Jane Woodcock, faculty grants manager at Reed (503-788-6673).
- You will now be directed to a site called "eAuthentication." This step will register you with the central contractor registry, which will in turn provide you with a password you will use to register with grants.gov. From this page, click "Get Your Credentials Here."
- Enter the information (name, age, address, etc.) on the following screen, and click "submit"
- You will now be directed to a confirmation page. Confirm that the information is correct, and then select a username and password for yourself. Please take care to write down your username and password, for you will need to use this information to register for grants.gov itself, and then to apply for grants as well. When you have done this, hit "submit."
- You will then see a screen confirming that you have registered with the eAuthentication database. Following this, you will be redirected to register with grants.gov.
- From the grants.gov screen, enter the username and password you completed in step #7, above.
- You will then be directed to a page titled "User Profile." In the box provided, select "Individual" and enter the required information. You will notice that the box for "DUNS#" is grayed out when you register as an individual. Hit "submit" when you've finished. (Please note that it can take a while for the website to process your information once you hit "submit" here.)
- Assuming the website was able to process your information, you will be taken to a screen indicating that your registration was successful. You should also receive an automated email from grants.gov indicating that you can now submit grants on grants.gov.
- Please note that even though you have registered with grants.gov and can submit grants on your own, you must still receive institutional approval from Reed before you apply for any federal grants. To ensure you receive this approval, please contact Jane Woodcock, faculty grants manager, no later than 3 weeks before your grant is due.