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Grants.gov System Down

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:34pm



As you may be aware, Grants.gov experienced a hardware failure during the night that has resulted in the entire system being down for most of today, October 15th. They have identified the problem, but expect additional time will be required to restore the database and restart the system. For now, applicants are advised not to submit applications or otherwise access the Grants.gov web site until further notice.


Generally speaking, grant applicants are not penalized for Federal system failures. Updates will be posted to the Grants.gov Blog and the NIH eRA Commons News webpage.


Applications due during the outage:

You are advised to contact the Agency Contact in your application package or the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov for further instruction on how to handle your application.


NIH applications:

The NIH has already extended the submission deadline for opportunity RFA-GM-11-004 by two days. The new submission deadline for RFA-GM-11-004 is Tuesday, October 19, 2010.  NIH is currently evaluating the impact for submission deadlines on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Keep in mind  that when an NIH submission deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline automatically shifts to the next  business day (Monday, October 18).


Additional information will be sent via the MRAM mailing list as it becomes available.


Lynne Chronister

Ass’t Vice Provost for Research and

Director of Sponsored Programs



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