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How to Apply

It’s critical for applicants to understand the pre-application process and be mindful of the time it will take to complete each step.

Register with and Registration

The System for Award Management ( is a government-wide registry for organizations doing business with the federal government. centralizes information about grant recipients and provides a central location for grant recipients to change organizational information.

To do business with the federal government, applicants must register their entity at Through the registration process, applicants will receive a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number. uses to establish organizational authority for its users and to provide UEI numbers. After receiving your UEI number, you can register with 

Note: registration must be renewed annually. Registration provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities.  The system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and facilitates searches for appropriate funding opportunity across the federal government. 

Applications to NIFA funding opportunities should be submitted through allows completion and submission of grant applications by authenticated and authorized users. 

Learn more on’s Applicant Registration page.

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Search for a NIFA Opportunity

Applicants can find NIFA funding opportunities either through or on the NIFA website.

When searching funding opportunities on this website, you will find links to Requests for Application (RFAs), program contact information, and RFA technical assistance resources. RFAs contain instructions for preparing and submitting applications.

Determine Eligibility

After identifying a funding opportunity you’re interested in applying for, verify that:

  1. your organization is eligible to receive that type of funding
  2. your organization meets the requirements listed in the “Eligibility” section of the Request for Applications (RFA) 

If you have any questions about eligibility, reach out to the program contact for the funding opportunity. 

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Apply for a Grant

Applicants must follow the application instructions and submission requirements in the RFA.

To be considered for funding, all required forms outlined in the RFA must be submitted as part of a complete application package. Your application will not be considered if all required forms are not submitted together.

Remember to submit your application on time. If you miss the application deadline due to an extenuating circumstance, review the late application consideration documentation for further information.

More information on applying and submitting your application through can be found in NIFA’s Grants Application Guide.

After Submission

After submitting your application through, you should receive a notification from confirming your submission. This notification will come through the Workspace.

After retrieving applications from, NIFA performs an administrative review to check that documents comply with the criteria listed in the RFA. NIFA communicates with applicants when their application is either accepted or not accepted for further programmatic review. 

If accepted, your application is given a proposal number and we send you an acknowledgement letter with the proposal number, which must be used for any communication with NIFA related to the application.

Any communication related to acceptance of an application by or the NIFA program is not a guarantee of funding.

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