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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.
Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov account; individual investigators are typically not required to maintain a Grants.gov account ti submit proposals unless required by a specific grant initiative such as the NEH Summer Stipends Program.
Fastlane 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. ORS PreAward staff can register DePaul faculty in Fastlane upon request. The Fastlane system is used for 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.
National Institutes of Health eRA Commons
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.