Release Notes

Release Version

Description

Training Deployment Date

Production Deployment Date

Release Notes

15.2.0.1 Daily Subscription Email Notification Format July 8, 2016 July 8, 2016 15.2.0.1 Release Notes
15.2.0 Forecast June 20-22, 2016 June 18-20, 2016 15.2 Applicant Release Notes
 15.2 Web Services
15.1.0 CFDA Search, Expanded AOR, Enhanced Related Documents Feb 22-24, 2016 Feb 20-22, 2016 15.1 Applicant Release Notes
15.0.0 Workspace Oct 19-21, 2015 Oct 17-19, 2015 15.0 Applicant Release Notes
14.1.0 Minor Enhancements Mar 30-31, 2015 April 18-20, 2015 14.1 Applicant Release Notes
14.0.0 Modernization, Grantor Templates, Applicant ZIP Download, UTF-8 Configuration Dec 26-30, 2014 Feb 14-17, 2015 14.0 Applicant Release Notes

12.3.4

SAM Integration and Release 12.3 Feedback

April 3-5, 2014

May 10-12, 2014

12.3.4 Applicant Release Notes

 

Summary of Recent Changes with User Impacts


AFFECTED USERS CHANGE DESCRIPTION
Effective Date: April 4, 2016
Grantor, Applicant, Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Grants.gov URL Redirect Support

  • Grants.gov no longer provide URL redirects for outdated Grants.gov pages
  • The old Training (AT07) URLs are no longer rerouted to the new URLs.
  • For more information, please click here.
Effective Date: January 11, 2016
Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Port 446 Disablement

  • Port 446 will no longer be available in any environment
  • Port 443 will continue to only support:
    1. SHA-2 Certificates
    2. TLS v1.1 and TLS v1.2
  • For more information about obtaining S2S Certificates, please review the corresponding information:
Grantor S2S

Existing Self-Signed Certificates

  • Existing self-signed certificates will be disabled.
  • All self-signed certificates must be converted to CA issued client certificates for Training and Production.
  • For more information about Grantor S2S Certificates, please click here.
Effective Date: January 4, 2016
Grantors

Email Synopsis

  • Synopsis will no longer be created using Email Synopsis.
Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

S2S Versions

  • S2S V0 and V1 end points are being discontinued.
  • S2S V2 will be the only end point supported.
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
Grantor S2S

Self-Signed Certificate Requests

  • No longer accepting self-signed certificate installation requests for Training or Production.
Effective Date: Release 14.0 - February 17, 2015
Applicants

Adobe Reader 8 Support

Grantors, Applicants, Grantor S2S,
Applicant S2S

Special Characters (UTF-8)

  • Grants.gov will receive, display, and send special characters for free-form text fields in the User Interface, S2S web services and submissions, and PDF submissions.  
  • Attachment file name validation will be unchanged - Grantors will continue to be able to specify use of allowed special characters in attachment file names using opportunity instructions.
  • For more information about the UTF-8 Character Impact, please review the following document:

    UTF-8 Characters Impact

Grantors, Applicants

Browser Support for SSL and TLS

  • Browsers used to access Grants.gov must support TLS v1.0, TLS v1.1, or TLS v1.2.  Please check browser options to verify settings.
  • Browsers only using SSL v2 and/or SSL v3 enabled are no longer supported.
Grantor S2S, Applicant S2S

Security Enhancements - SHA Certificates, SSL, and TLS

  • Port 443 will only support:
    1. SHA-2 Certificates
    2. TLS v1.1 and TLS v1.2
  • Port 446 will only support:
    1. SHA-1 Certificates
    2. SSL v2, SSL v3, and TLS v1.0
  • Users should obtain a new SHA-2 based digital signature certificate from a recognized Certificate Authority (CA), such as Comodo, DigiCert, Entrust, GoDaddy, Incommon, Symantec (formerly Verisign) or Thawte; and move to port 443 by 12/31/2015.
  • Please note that all intermediate certificates in the certificate chain must also be SHA-2 in order to work with port 443.
  • The same CA certificate may be used for both Training and Production.
Grantors, Applicants, Grantor S2S,
Applicant S2S

New Training Environment URLs

  • The new URL for the Training User Interface is http://training.grants.gov.
  • The new URLs for S2S replace "https://at07ws.grants.gov" with "https://trainingws.grants.gov".
  • Initially, the current Training (AT07) URLs are rerouted to the new URLs.
Grantor S2S,
Applicant S2S

New IP Addresses for Training and Production Environments

  • There are new IP addresses for the Training and Production environments with the new Grants.gov infrastructure.
    • The new Training environment IP addresses are as follows:
      Hostname IPv4 IPv6
      training.grants.gov 104.37.105.90 2605:9500:4:95::30
      trainingapply.grants.gov 104.37.105.91 2605:9500:4:95::31
      trainingws.grants.gov 104.37.105.92 2605:9500:4:95::32
    • The new Production environment IP addresses are as follows:
      Hostname IPv4 IPv6
      www.grants.gov 104.37.105.80 2605:9500:4:95::40
      apply.grants.gov 104.37.105.81 2605:9500:4:95::41
      ws07.grants.gov 104.37.105.82 2605:9500:4:95::42