In compliance with the President's Management Agenda E-Gov initiative, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will post all new grant opportunities, cooperative agreements, as well as modifications to current grants or cooperative agreements on the Federal Government Egrant website found at http://www.grants.gov. Grants.gov is a "one-stop shop" for all potential grantees to electronically find and apply for grants and cooperative agreements.
There are three preliminary steps required before registering with and then using Grants.gov.
First, a prospective grantee must have a Dun and Bradstreet number (DUNS). If your organization does not have a DUNS number, one can be obtained telephonically at (866) 705-5711 or by visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/pages/CCRSearch.jsp.
Second, the organization must be registered in the Federal government's System for Award Management found at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM. Please note, SAM registration cannot be completed without a DUNS number.
Third, in order to view grant application instructions and complete an application, you will also need to download and install Pure Edge Viewer (http://atweb.grants.gov/DownloadViewer) in order to use the Grants.gov website. This small, free program will allow you to access, complete, and submit electronic applications through the website securely. These processes will take approximately 10 minutes each and are all free of charge.
FRA will not accept paper grant applications. All grant applications for these postings must be submitted electronically through at http://www.grants.gov.