Grants Topics

Grant-making Bureaus within DOC

Solutions used by the Grants Community

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Financial Assistance

OAM’s Grants Management Division has grant recipients from all over the United States and in many other countries. There are opportunities for organizations seeking technological advancements, international trade, or to start or improve a business.

Eligible Recipients

  • Educational Institutions
  • For-Profit Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Independent School Districts
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Governments

Solutions for Applicants

  • Commerce Grants Management Solution
  • DOC Grants Policy

Solutions for Recipients

  • Automated Standard Applicant for Payments (ASAP)
  • DOC Grants Policy Website

If you are using for the first time, please register the organization and create an institutional profile at the site. Once registered, the applicant's organization can apply for any federal grant on the website.

Registered organizations can submit applications for funding opportunities through to any of the 26 grant making agencies.

The exact registration steps are available on the Get Registered web page.

PIs and staff at the Sponsored Research/Program Office (SRO/SPO) do not need to register in order to find an opportunity and download the application package. Only the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) should register and submit the application package. Support

For user support, contact the Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726.

Additional support, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available on the Help page of

The OAM Point of Contact is Greg Coss, 202-482-4248.

Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee

The Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) was created, as an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) committee, by Executive Order 12549 for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the Order. This Order mandates Executive departments and agencies to:

  • participate in a government-wide system,
  • issue regulations with government-wide criteria and minimum due process procedures when debarring or suspending participants, and
  • send debarred and suspended participants’ identifying information to the General Services Administration for inclusion on a list of excluded persons, now known as Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). Information placed on the EPLS is the responsibility of the Agency issuing the suspension or debarment.

The Committee also facilitates lead agency coordination, serves as a forum to discuss current suspension and debarment related issues, and assists in developing unified Federal policy. When requested by OMB, the Committee serves as a regulatory drafting body for revisions to the government-wide non-procurement suspension and debarment common rule. For more information about the ISDC, please visit the ISDC website.

Commerce Grants Management Solution

The Department of Commerce is currently developing plans for deployment of an agency wide grants management system. The system is capable of providing a fast, coherent, flexible and robust application in support of the evaluation, award and long-term management of federal financial assistance awards. Specifically the system will deliver a standardized set of capabilities for viewing, retrieving, modifying, and deleting Application and Grant related information including, but not limited to:

  • applications, awards, amendments, audits, proposal scoring and commentary, budget and finance data, as well as Technical and Panel Peer Review information. The Project Team is working in conjunction with and in support of the President's E-Grants Initiative and ensures that grant application information keyed into the system is imported directly into the system for use by all affected Commerce awarding components. The vision is for the system to provide end to end processing of awards throughout their entire life cycle (from the beginning of the application cycle through post award administration and closeout). The system is aimed at delivering a significant reduction in the amount of time (and potentially cost and level of effort) it takes to award grants.
  • Already in use at the largest Commerce bureau issuing financial assistance awards, the system has produced a significant effect on time processing/managing awards -
  • Mail/Paper Handling Per Grant (30 days down to 0 days for applications received through
    Data Entry Per Grant (17.25 hours down to 2.2 hours)
    Technical Administrative / Compliance Review of Applications (limited time available to having significant time available for this task).

The grantee community will have limited access to the system as well, with the ability to monitor certain aspects of their awards and file required reports electronically. This page will be updated as future developments transpire.

Office of Acquisition Management
Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce

Send questions and comments about this page to Grants Management Division

This page was updated on September 14, 2011