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The table below shows the transition schedule for the Federal Agencies. 

You MUST have a compatible version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (we recommend version 8.1.3 or 9.1.2 or 9.2) installed on your computer in order to prepare an application package for submission through  Earlier or older versions are NOT compatible.   For more information concerning compatible versions, please see

Explanatory Note:  The compatible version of Adobe Reader is necessary only for downloading and using the application package.  You will need  .PDF generation software, i.e. Adobe Professional, to convert one of your own files to .PDF format.  You can find a list of .PDF generation software at .

Click the "Get Adobe Reader" button below to be directed to the Adobe download page.  You will need to know what version of Windows is on your computer. 
(How do I find out what version of Windows I have?)

If you experience problems while downloading this software, please contact the OIT HelpDesk at or 9-4648.


If Adobe Reader version 9.3 does not work on your computer,
i.e. you cannot open a grants package with it, you may need to
uninstall version 9.3 then download version 9.2.



'Transition to Adobe' Timeline



All Agencies Are Utilizing Adobe 100% Today

Homeland Security




Small Business Admin.

Social Security Admin.

Dept. of Commerce

Dept. of State

Environmental Protection Agency




Dept. of Treasury

Dept. of Justice

Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Dept. of Education

US Agency for Int'l Development


Dept. of Interior

Dept. of Labor

Dept. of Defense

Corp. for Nat'l and Community Svc.

HHS, including NIH



Dept. of Energy


For answers to frequently asked questions, visit document describes the differences between the Adobe Reader and PureEdge (PE) viewer forms used on Basic questions asked about mandatory fields, help tip/error messages, date fields, numeric fields, and attachments are answered specifically.

ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Ada Earnest House P.O. Box 70565 Johnson City, TN 37614

ph: (423)439-6000 fax: (423)439-6050


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