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Package for using \'grants.gov\' on Macs

updated 04:45 pm EST, Mon February 13, 2006

\'grants.gov\' on Macs

Following reports of the new Mac-incompatible grants.gov electronic service, the University of Wisconsin has released a standalone package for using Grants.gov on Mac OS X as a service to the community. The package uses Citrix client software and a special settings file to access the central Citrix server provided by Grants.gov, allowing users to access and use the PureEdge software via a remote Windows machine running Citrix server software. The Grants.gov system is designed to replace paper applications with electronic forms and is being phased in at the National Institutes of Health, Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies--with all 26 grant-giving agencies expected to implement the new system by 2007. The report cited many problems that Mac users were having trying either Virtual PC or other workarounds.

IBM, which purchased the PureEdge software package--now rebranded IBM Workplace Forms--plans to add Mac support by November of 2006 and Grants.gov said that such a solution could be in place by Spring of next year. 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 is provided as a service to the community and said it could not provide support for this solution.




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  1. macentric

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not Optimal, but...

    This is certainly no the optimpal way of doing things for a Mac user, but this is how I get our Mac's onto our corporate applications at work.

    There is some pain involved but at least my users have access to the accounting package.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    here's a thought.....

    I have the Debug Menu in Safari activated_

    I went down to the bottom of that and switched the User Agent to IE 6 and www.grants.gov came right up - had no problem navigating the website_

    Just remember to switch the UA back when you're done 'cause it makes other sites like macnn look funky_

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    that thought

    Sounds all nice and such, but like doing my taxes with H&R block in 2004... you get oh so far then safari takes a bomb or refuses to load a page, and all your hours of work get lost in a few seconds when there is no save button and your data is to process. Given I work with NIH, the Citrix solution surprises me not; it's their end-all answer to everything. Hopefully we'll see FIREFOX compatible sites start to crop up, don't get me wrong ... I think Safari is nice, but I prefer platform INDEPENDANT browsers.. which is why I was still a Netscape user before Firefox.

  1. johnsonua

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    re: Here's a thought

    The web site works fine, but you need to use the PC-only Pure Edge plugin to actually submit a grant application.

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