**Read up to date and upcoming plans for on the Blog.** was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public.

Today, is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.

Eventually, all federal grants will be required to be submitted through When applying for federal grants, it is important to check that particular grant's submission requirements. For assistance with this, you may ask your assigned SPA Project Officer.

In order to submit NIH grants through, applicants need to be registered with the NIH eRA Commons to complete the application process.  For more information on the Commons, see NIH eRA Commons

Columbia University is registered with For step-by-step instructions on how to apply for grants via, go to:

What to expect after submitting your application to

For user guides, tutorials, and FAQs: