Grants.gov for Mac OS X

Grants.gov is the new unified clearinghouse for all federal grant opportunities from all federal agencies that manage grant funds. Grants.gov currently uses a Windows-only solution for electronic grant submission. The PureEdge viewer is required to complete grant application packages and, at this time, there is no native Macintosh PureEdge client.

IBM has acquired PureEdge, and now calls the product IBM Workplace Forms; IBM plans to add Mac support in the future and Grants.gov has committed to providing a cross-platform solution by November 2006. In the interim, Grants.gov, in conjunction with NIH, has created a Citrix server solution that allows Mac OS X users to complete their application packages using Mac OS X.

The University of Wisconsin has created a single preconfigured package for Mac OS X users to access this solution. This package is provided to the community as a service by the University of Wisconsin, and is not an official product of Grants.gov:

http://apple.doit.wisc.edu/grants.gov/

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Excellent! This is a big relief.

Still a hackjob

While it's nice that there's a workaround, it still doesn't make up for the fact that the government, funded by taxpayers to, in part, prevent monopolies, requires the use of a monopolistic company's software to ask for scientific grants. Furthermore, while I love Canada, it's also interesting to note that they chose a Canadian company to do the job. Were there no American companies available for U.S. taxpayer dollars? Someone get PureEdge an H1-B, and let's stick them in Redmond!

Furthermore, while I love

Furthermore, while I love Canada, it's also interesting to note that they chose a Canadian company to do the job. Were there no American companies available for U.S. taxpayer dollars? Someone get PureEdge an H1-B, and let's stick them in Redmond!

If you take a closer look at PureEdge you'll find that it's more like Canada's Revenge than a contribution. You really have to look around until you'll find someone who's capable of producing such a crappy "tool".

Work-around has bugs and no support

Working with U Wisconsin's configured Citrix server to meet a June 1 NIH deadline, I find numerous bugs. UW offers no support, and neither does grants.gov (being on PCs, they couldn't re-create the problem so they couldn't troubleshoot). IBM's customer service has never heard of either PureEdge or IBM Workplace Forms.
Grants.gov was created as a central clearinghouse for all government grants, such as personal aid. The one size fits all approach is very lame for scientific applications. I've read a lot of bemoaning the impending loss of NSF's FASTLANE; I feel the same way about the DoD's grant website. If you have to submit on-line, you need reliable internet connectivity, period, the end (you will have to transfer files at some point and they have to transfer free of corruption). The sop from the Feds about being able to work off-line is just that- or worse.

bugs and more bugs

Yea verily I too found bugs in the UW quick-fix for Mac.
And today, the darn thing gives me error after error after error. There's a July 1 deadline looming....