RESEARCH AWARDS: ALL AWARDS: Part 2: Submit to Applicant Portal

Fill out and submit the Grant Application Form and upload items to the Applicant Portal.

You will use the Arts Endowment’s Applicant Portal to complete Part 2 of the application process. You must first have successfully completed Part 1 (submitting to by the application deadline of record.

NOTICE: The Research Awards application deadline has been extended to help applicants dealing with the effects of COVID-19.

These are the new dates:

Part 1 - Submit to April 13, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Part 1 deadline has been extended.

Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal April 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, to April 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Part 2 dates to submit materials have been changed.

If you have questions about your application please contact

Do not attempt to complete Part 2 before the Applicant Portal becomes available to you on these dates. Your log on credentials will be created for you.

1. Access the Applicant Portal:

  • User Name = Tracking Number

    (Example: "GRANT12345678")

  • Password = Agency Tracking Number/NEA Application Number

    (Example: "1234567")

The User Name and Password can only be used by one person at a time in the Applicant Portal. If multiple people use the User Name and Password at the same time to work on an application, data will be lost.

How do I find my tracking number? Your tracking number is assigned to you by at the time you submit your application. A confirmation screen will appear once your submission is complete. Your tracking number will be provided at the bottom of this screen. Remember to save this number.

How do I find my Agency Tracking #/National Endowment for the Arts Application Number? We assign the number to your application 1-2 business days after you submit your application. Log on to with your Username and Password. Under Grant Applications, select Check Application Status.  Once in the Check Application Status feature, look for your tracking number and select Details under the Actions column. You’ll be taken to the Submission Details screen to find your Agency Tracking#/National Endowment for the Alerts Application Number. NOTE: Check Application Status is a separate feature from Track My Application at

For specific help on how to complete your application, review the instructions in these guidelines or contact the staff at

2. Fill out the Grant Application Form:

You will submit a substantial part of your application through the Grant Application Form (GAF) in the Applicant Portal, including:

  • Answers to narrative questions about your organization and project.
  • Financial information about your organization and project.
  • Bios of key individuals.

Click below to see the application questions, instructions, and information about required application materials that you will submit through the Grant Application Form.

Research Grants in the Arts FY21 Part 2 Application Instructions:

NEA Research Labs FY21 Part 2 Application Instructions:

You should prepare your responses and material well in advance of the deadline and have them fully ready to upload once the Applicant Portal opens for you. You will not have access to the Grant Application Form until the Applicant Portal opens for you to submit your application materials on the dates noted above.

Note: We strongly urge you to complete and submit the Grant Application Form and upload materials outside of the Applicant Portal's hours of heaviest usage, generally 8:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day of the deadline.

3. Submit the Grant Application Form in the Applicant Portal:

  • Hit the "Submit" button when you are ready to submit your application. If you do not hit the "Submit" button, your application will not be received.
  • After submitting your application, you may log back into the Applicant Portal and make modifications to your submission up until the system closes at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day of the deadline.
  • Ensure that your application was received by logging in to the Applicant Portal. On the first screen it will say “Submitted” if your application has been received. If your application has not yet been received, it will say “In Progress.” You can maintain documentation of your successful submission by taking a screenshot. You also may receive a courtesy confirmation email.
  • You may print a copy of your application at any time, whether in draft or final form, for your records.


  1. Submit your materials to the Applicant Portal prior to the deadline to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter. You take a significant risk by waiting until the day of the deadline to submit.
  2. Arts Endowment staff will not be available to help you after 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day of the deadline.
  3. Make sure you use the Part 2 Application Instructions PDF that corresponds to the category to which you are applying. Requirements vary.
  4. When in doubt, contact the staff at
  5. Some special characters (such as ampersands, quotation marks, apostrophes, and angle brackets) take up more character counts than others in webforms, including the Grant Application Form. This is because certain characters are translated into HTML code which takes up more than one character space. If you notice a higher than expected character count when you enter information directly into the Grant Application Form or copy and paste from your word processing program, here are a few tips:
    • Transfer your text into a text-only utility like Notepad before pasting it into the Grant Application Form. This will delete hidden HTML code to ensure the proper capture of your text. However, any formatting you had will be deleted.
    • Use a solution other than special characters. For example, instead of using quotation marks for titles of works, put them in italics and that won't affect character count.
    • Use only one space after the end of sentences. Single spaces after punctuation marks (periods, commas, colons, etc.) only reduce the character counter by one character. If you enter two spaces after a period, HTML coding adds extra spaces.
    • Save character space by limiting the use of tabs.
  6. View the Grant Application Form Tutorial for other helpful tips to assist you in completing the online form.