Release Notes

Release Version

Description

Training Deployment Date

Production Deployment Date

Release Notes

15.0.0 Workspace Oct 19-21, 2015 Oct 17-19, 2015 15.0 Preliminary 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

(Revised March 3, 2015)

AFFECTED USERS CHANGE DESCRIPTION
Effective Date: Release 14.0 - February 17, 2015 (Note: No waivers permitted)
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