The only required software is Adobe Reader. Internet Explorer is recommended. Acrobat Pro can also be used, but it is not required.
The NIH application package is a PDF file that’s fully designed to be filled out with Adobe Reader.
It’s required to submit certain documents (like resume/CV, etc) as attachments to the application. It’s required that these attachments be in pdf format. Most likely our faculty will have these documents in Word format.
Macs can convert Word documents to PDF out of the box, easily and for free.
PCs can install free software that will allow them to convert Word document to PDF easily and for free. The grants website actually gives a nice overview of the options for that right here: http://www.neh.gov/grants/grantsgov/pdf.html