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Electronic Research Administration

Many funding agencies are now using electronic systems for proposal submission and grants management. Below please find some additional information on select electronic research administration resources. is a single access point for more than 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies, allowing organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities. DePaul University maintains an active account; individual investigators are typically not required to maintain a account ti submit proposals unless required by a specific grant initiative such as the NEH Summer Stipends Program. is the National Science Foundation's (NSF) online website through which the agency conducts business with researchers and potential researchers, reviewers, research administrators and their organizations. is used as the proposal submissions to the National Science Foundation.

Proposal Central is an e-grant system used by select Associations and Foundations for electronic proposal submission. DePaul faculty can register themselves in the Proposal Central system. Grant proposals prepared in the Proposal Central system must route through ORS for institution review and approval in advance of PI submission to the funding agency.

G5 is the Department of Education's new grants management system designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Enhance and increase program performance monitoring
  • Improve communications with system users
  • Fast-track grant award processing
  • Promote technical and financial stewardship

eRA Commons is an online interface where grant applicants, grantees and federal staff at NIH and select DHHS agencies can access and share administrative information relating to research grants. ORS initiates DePaul faculty accounts in eRA Commons upon request. Once an account is established, faculty populate and maintain their own profile in the system. An eRA Commons account is required to serve as a PI on an NIH grant proposal.