Below are the administrative steps involved in the development of System-to-System (S2S) interfaces for applicant organizations developing their own systems.
Can your organization develop a S2S interface?Factors to consider when determining if a S2S interface should be developed are:
Two documents available to help you determine if a S2S interface is right for your organization are:
Applicant Web Services Integration Refer to section 2: When to Develop a System-to-System Interface
Actively learn about the Grants.gov applicant S2S program:
In addition, you should become familiar with any business rules and processes specific to the agencies that you plan to submit applications to.
Develop the code for your W3C compliant SOAP clientYou may wish to extend the functionality of the Grants.gov provided Reference Implementation (RI) or use the RI as an example to build your own custom client.
Provide Certificate Request Form to Grants.gov PMOProvide the Grants.gov PMO the following information in a Certificate Request Form:
Link to the Certificate Request Form . Be sure to specify that you need the certificate installed for the Testing environment in the drop-down box.
The Grants.gov team will create your User Account. Note that for testing, Grants.gov will set up your DUNS as all zeros.
Grants.gov will notify you via email once your certificate has been installed.
Perform initial connectivity testing in one of two ways:Test with Grants.gov provided Reference Implementation using the SSL client keystore (certificate) provided in the RI.
For information on downloading, installing and configuring the open source tools that are used in the development and execution of the Reference Implementation, refer to the XML Reference Implementation Materials
Test with your custom client. If you choose this option you will need to register your certificate with the Grants.gov AT environment by following Step 4.
The GetApplicantList Web Service shall be executed for the purpose of connectivity testing.
Validate your well-formed XML grant applicationValidate your well-formed XML grant application produced by your system against the appropriate Grants.gov XML schema.
Perform integration testing:
Prepare Web Services ApplicationPrepare your Web Services application to point to the Grants.gov production environment.
Register with Grants.govYou will need to register with Grants.gov. This includes getting a DUNS number, registering with the CCR, creating a username and password with ORC, and using that username and password to register with Grants.gov. You will need to select an E-Biz Point of Contact to authorize the AOR(s) to submit grant applications on behalf of your organization. For information on how to register with Grants.gov go to http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.
Repeat Step 4 and specify you will be using Production EnvironmentYou will need to get your certificate registered again for production. Repeat Step 4, but specify that you will be using the Production environment.
After the certificate has been installed, the E-Biz Point of Contact must authorize the certificate.