Release Notes

Release Version

Description

Training Deployment Date

Production Deployment Date

Release Notes

16.0.0 Consolidated Applicant Menus, Budget Form Access, Expanded Workspace Collaboration June 19-21, 2017 June 17-19, 2017

16.0 Applicant Release Notes

16.0 Applicant Release Notes

15.4.0 Online Forms and User Access Management Clean Up February 21-22, 2017 February 18-21, 2017

15.4 Applicant Release Notes

15.3.0 Workspace Forms Reuse October 17-19, 2016 October 15-17, 2016 15.3 Applicant Release Notes
15.2.0.1 Daily Subscription Email Notification Format July 8, 2016 July 8, 2016 15.2.0.1 Release Notes
15.2.0 Forecast June 20-22, 2016 June 18-20, 2016

15.2 Applicant Release Notes

15.1.0 CFDA Search, Expanded AOR, Enhanced Related Documents Feb 22-24, 2016 Feb 20-22, 2016

15.1 Applicant Release Notes

15.0.0 Workspace Oct 19-21, 2015 Oct 17-19, 2015

15.0 Applicant Release Notes

14.1.0 Minor Enhancements Mar 30-31, 2015 April 18-20, 2015

14.1 Applicant Release Notes

14.0.0 Modernization, Grantor Templates, Applicant ZIP Download, UTF-8 Configuration Dec 26-30, 2014 Feb 14-17, 2015

14.0 Applicant Release Notes

12.3.4

SAM Integration and Release 12.3 Feedback

April 3-5, 2014

May 10-12, 2014

12.3.4 Applicant Release Notes

 

Summary of Recent Changes with User Impacts


AFFECTED USERS CHANGE DESCRIPTION
Effective Date: April 15, 2017
Grantor, Applicant, Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Grants.gov PRODUCTION Environment Disabled HTTP Connections

Training Environment - Supports HTTPS only
Production Environment - Supports HTTPS only

Grants.gov strengthened the security of its website and web services to provide service only through HTTPS connections.  

  • Grants.gov disabled the port for HTTP connections to the PRODUCTION environment and only HTTPS connection are available.

Here's how you could have prepared for the changes:

  • For public (non-S2S) users:
    • Accessed the PRODUCTION website via https://www.grants.gov.
    • Updated browser bookmarks for Grants.gov PRODUCTION.
  • For S2S users:
    • Verified your systems continue to work after HTTP connections are disabled.
Effective Date: Release 15.4 - February 18, 2017
Applicants

AORs with Multiple DUNS need to Re-Download Packages

  • With Release 15.4, applicants with multiple Grants.gov accounts are able to combine them into one merged account with multiple profiles.
  • If an applicant has merged their accounts and now has multiple profiles with the AOR role and they downloaded their application package before Release 15.4, they need to re-download the application package to receive the latest updates to the cover pages in order to correctly display the DUNS information after submission.
Effective Date: Release 15.4 - February 18, 2017

Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Impacts of Merged Accounts to Grantor S2S Web Services

  • With merged accounts, User ID and Agency Code/DUNS are needed to uniquely identify a Profile. Agencies may need to make the following changes to their S2S interface.
  • For the Create Adobe Opportunity, Update Adobe Opportunity, Delete Adobe Opportunity, Delete Adobe Synopsis, and Manage Package web services:
    • Added a new optional element: Agency Code
    • Agency Code must be specified to determine unique Agency/Opportunity for multi-profile accounts (if the specified User ID has only one profile, no changes are required)
    • If Agency Code is specified, the certificate must have the Manage Agency role to Manage Opportunities for a sub-agency
  • For the Authenticate AOR web service:
    • Added a new optional element: DUNS
    • DUNS must be specified to uniquely identify Profile and return the correct AOR Status for multi-profile accounts

Please review and update your Grants.gov web services to ensure continued operation of your services.

Effective Date:  Release 15.4 - February 18, 2017
Grantor, Applicant, Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Grants.gov PRODUCTION Environment Conversion from HTTP to HTTPS

Training Environment - Supports HTTPS only
Production Environment - Supports HTTP and HTTPS

Grants.gov strengthened the security of its website and web services to provide service only through secure connections.  

  • With Release 15.4, Grants.gov updated the Grants.gov PRODUCTION environment from HTTP to HTTPS.
  • Grants.gov performed the following:
    • Opened a secure port for https://www.grants.gov and redirect HTTP to HTTPS.
    • Deployed the S2S web service updates for the Schemas, Reference Implementation (RI), and WSDL files to use the HTTPS connection while keeping the HTTP connection open until April 15, 2017.
    • Disabled the port for HTTP connections to the TRAINING environment.

Here's how you could have prepared for the changes from 02/18/2017 - 04/14/2017:

  • For public (non-S2S) users:
    • Accessed the PRODUCTION website via https://www.grants.gov.
    • Updated your links to the Grants.gov PRODUCTION environment to use HTTPS including RSS feeds and XML Extracts.
    • Updated browser bookmarks for Grants.gov PRODUCTION.
  • For S2S users:
    • Even though S2S connections are already HTTPS, updated your systems in the PRODUCTION environment as needed to reference the Schemas, RI, and WSDL files using HTTPS.
    • Tested your system to prepare for the disabling of HTTP connections in the PRODUCTION environment on April 15, 2017.
Effective Date:  December 19, 2016
Grantor, Applicant, Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Grants.gov TRAINING Environment Conversion from HTTP to HTTPS

Training Environment - Supports HTTP and HTTPS
Production Environment - No changes

Grants.gov strengthened the security of its website and web services to provide service only through secure connections.  

  • Grants.gov updated the Grants.gov TRAINING environment from HTTP to HTTPS during its scheduled maintenance window to allow users to make updates and test their systems before these changes are made to the Grants.gov PRODUCTION environment.
  • Grants.gov performed the following:
    • Opened a secure port for https://training.grants.gov and redirect HTTP to HTTPS.
    • Deployed the System-to-System (S2S) web service updates for the Schemas, Reference Implementation (RI), and WSDL files to use the HTTPS connection while keeping the HTTP connection open until February 18, 2017.

Here's how you could have prepared for the changes from 12/19/2016 - 02/17/2017:

  • For public (non-S2S) users:
    • Accessed the TRAINING website via https://training.grants.gov.
    • Updated your links to the Grants.gov TRAINING environment to use HTTPS including RSS feeds and XML Extracts.
    • Update browser bookmarks for Grants.gov TRAINING.
  • For S2S users:
    • Even though S2S connections are already HTTPS, updated your systems in the TRAINING environment as needed to reference the Schemas, RI, and WSDL files using HTTPS.
    • Tested your system to prepare for the disabling of HTTP connections in the TRAINING environment on February 18, 2017.
Effective Date:  June 18, 2016
Grantor, Grantor S2S

CFDA Number required when creating/modifying Opportunities (CFDA continues to be optional for Packages)

Effective Date: April 4, 2016
Grantor, Applicant, Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Grants.gov URL Redirect Support

  • Grants.gov no longer provides URL redirects for outdated Grants.gov pages
  • The old Training (AT07) URLs are no longer rerouted to the new URLs.
  • For more information, please click here.
Effective Date: January 11, 2016
Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Port 446 Disablement

  • Port 446 are no longer be available in any environment
  • Port 443 continues to only support:
    1. SHA-2 Certificates
    2. TLS v1.1 and TLS v1.2
  • For more information about obtaining S2S Certificates, please review the corresponding information:
Grantor S2S

Existing Self-Signed Certificates

  • Existing self-signed certificates are disabled.
  • All self-signed certificates must be converted to CA issued client certificates for Training and Production.
  • For more information about Grantor S2S Certificates, please click here.
Effective Date: January 4, 2016
Grantors

Email Synopsis

  • Synopsis are no longer created using Email Synopsis.
Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

S2S Versions

  • S2S V0 and V1 end points are discontinued.
  • S2S V2 is the only end point supported.
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
Grantor S2S

Self-Signed Certificate Requests

  • No longer accepting self-signed certificate installation requests for Training or Production.
Effective Date: Release 14.0 - February 17, 2015
Applicants

Adobe Reader 8 Support

Grantors, Applicants, Grantor S2S,
Applicant S2S

Special Characters (UTF-8)

  • Grants.gov receives, displays, and sends special characters for free-form text fields in the User Interface, S2S web services and submissions, and PDF submissions.  
  • Attachment file name validation is unchanged - Grantors continue to be able to specify use of allowed special characters in attachment file names using opportunity instructions.
  • For more information about the UTF-8 Character Impact, please review the following document:

    UTF-8 Characters Impact

Grantors, Applicants

Browser Support for SSL and TLS

  • Browsers used to access Grants.gov must support TLS v1.0, TLS v1.1, or TLS v1.2.  Please check browser options to verify settings.
  • Browsers only using SSL v2 and/or SSL v3 enabled are no longer supported.
Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Security Enhancements - SHA Certificates, SSL, and TLS

  • Port 443 will only support:
    1. SHA-2 Certificates
    2. TLS v1.1 and TLS v1.2
  • Port 446 will only support:
    1. SHA-1 Certificates
    2. SSL v2, SSL v3, and TLS v1.0
  • Users should obtain a new SHA-2 based digital signature certificate from a recognized Certificate Authority (CA), such as Comodo, DigiCert, Entrust, GoDaddy, Incommon, Symantec (formerly Verisign) or Thawte; and move to port 443 by 12/31/2015.
  • Please note that all intermediate certificates in the certificate chain must also be SHA-2 in order to work with port 443.
  • The same CA certificate may be used for both Training and Production.
Grantors, Applicants, Grantor S2S,
Applicant S2S

New Training Environment URLs

  • The new URL for the Training User Interface is https://training.grants.gov.
  • The new URLs for S2S replace "https://at07ws.grants.gov" with "https://trainingws.grants.gov".
  • Initially, the current Training (AT07) URLs are rerouted to the new URLs.
Grantor S2S,
Applicant S2S

New IP Addresses for Training and Production Environments

  • There are new IP addresses for the Training and Production environments with the new Grants.gov infrastructure.
    • The new Training environment IP addresses are as follows:
      Hostname IPv4 IPv6
      training.grants.gov 104.37.105.90 2605:9500:4:95::30
      trainingapply.grants.gov 104.37.105.91 2605:9500:4:95::31
      trainingws.grants.gov 104.37.105.92 2605:9500:4:95::32
    • The new Production environment IP addresses are as follows:
      Hostname IPv4 IPv6
      www.grants.gov 104.37.105.80 2605:9500:4:95::40
      apply.grants.gov 104.37.105.81 2605:9500:4:95::41
      ws07.grants.gov 104.37.105.82 2605:9500:4:95::42