Uploaded Subaward Budget Forms Receiving Validation Error in ASSIST

Thursday, June 4, 2015

ASSIST users are receiving the following error when performing the ‘Validate Application’ action: 

The format of the application does not match the format of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Please contact the Help Desk for assistance. … (000.6)”


Why it is happening 
ASSIST provides an option to ‘Download a Subaward Form’ for completion offline. The completed subaward budget form can then be uploaded back into the ASSIST application using the ‘Attach Subaward Form’ option.  ASSIST allows applicants to view and edit the attached subawards from within ASSIST.
Although the completed subaward forms appear to attach successfully, ASSIST is not correctly handling system calculations for sections of the subaward for which no data is provided.

The workaround
Access the attached subaward from within ASSIST. Click the ‘Edit’ button at the top of the screen and then the ‘Save and Release Lock’ at the bottom of the screen. Repeat for each budget period. This action will help ASSIST populate the calculated values correctly as $0. Validate the application again to confirm the error has cleared.
We will correct the issue in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience.

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