Frequently Asked Questions

Narratives

FAQs on other Coeus topics

Q. I am preparing an NIH Grants.gov submission. Are all the attachments – the research plan, etc – the same as they are for Adobe form applications?
A. Yes – you should prepare the attachments as described in the NIH instructions and specifically according to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for your application. We have prepared checklists of Required Narrative Attachments for NIH proposals that will help you match the NIH requirement with the name of the Coeus Narrative attachment. 

Q. How can I work on the budget while the investigator is uploading the Narratives?
A. From the main file menu, select Maintain→Proposal Development. Search for your proposal. When the result list is displayed, highlight the proposal that you want to work on and from the main file menu, select Edit→Budget. Note: DO NOT select Edit→Modify Proposal or click on the Edit icon.

Q. How can I upload or edit Narratives while my administrator is working on the budget?
A. From the main file menu, select Maintain→Proposal Development. Search for your proposal. When the result list is displayed, highlight the proposal that you want to work on and from the main file menu, select Edit→Narratives. Note: DO NOT select Edit→Modify Proposal or click on the Edit icon.

Q. When do I have to have my final narratives ready?
A. ORD requires final narratives five business days before the Sponsor deadline. This provides sufficient time for review of the proposal. For Grants.gov submissions, this time frame allows for submission of the proposal and validation by Grants.gov and NIH prior to the deadline. For other types of submissions, this time frame allows for correction of any errors, compilation of hard copy submissions, and use of other Sponsor electronic submission systems.

Q. Can I finalize my research plan after I have "submitted for approval"?
A. Yes - you may update Narrative attachments. You may not add a new attachment, but you may upload a revised version that over-writes the existing attachment. Therefore, be sure to upload a document for every required attachment before you submit for approval. When you upload the final document, change the status from Draft to Final. All narratives must have a status of Final before ORD will approve/submit your proposal. If all Narratives are marked as Final when ORD reviews your proposal, ORD will approve/submit your proposal.

Q. How do I add an attachment in the Narratives that is not listed in the dropdown menu?
A. With your proposal open, click on the Proposal Narrative icon or choose Edit→Narrative from the menu.  Then from the menu, select Edit→Add. Choose the Narrative Type “Other” from the dropdown list, and enter your description in the Module Title field.  Click OK to list this narrative and then you can upload the document as you do other attachments.

Q. Help - I can't view my PDF attachments in Coeus!
A. Check the pop-up blocker settings in your internet browser and set it to allow pop-ups from the Coeus web site. 

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