With the first round of ESIF calls starting to be released, it is only a short time before hundreds, if not thousands, of bidders will be forced to wrestle with the on-line ESIF application system, LOGASnet. Below are instructions for using the system for those who would prefer to avoid the painful experience of deciphering the website by trial and error.
You’ve spotted the opportunity. Your supply chain is organised. You’ve found excellent bid writers who have done fabulous work. Finally, you’re ready to submit your application for ESIF funding. Do not leave it until this time to discover the nearly impenetrable opacity of LOGASnet.
LOGASnet is the application portal for all direct ESIF funding calls. As such, understanding how to submit an application is essential knowledge for anyone working in social impact business development. Despite its importance, however, LOGASnet is a frustratingly slow and undecipherable website. We have already experienced the difficulty of negotiating LOGASnet first hand, and have put together this step-by-step guide to make it easier for other first-time users.
It is worth mentioning that the LOGASnet website can be very slow at times; if it appears unresponsive, you may need to give the website some time to digest the commands.
Accessing LOGASnet for the first time
Step 1. Register
Before you can sign in to LOGASnet you will need to register. LOGASnet guidance states that you need to allow up to 10 days to receive your login details, so register ASAP. If nothing else, it will give you longer to test out these instructions and get familiar with the system.
Step 2. Sign in
Once you have registered for LOGASnet, you can begin the process of creating a new application. Using your account details from your registration, you will be able to sign in at the following web address: https://logasnet.communities.gov.uk/logasnet/(S(5nhfpb1kbneuhvyt14ffd1up))/PlainDialogController.aspx?STATE=LOGON-DETAILS.
Step 3. View the Call
Once you have logged in, you should arrive at the home page of LOGASnet, where you will be presented with a To Do List, in the form of a table. Within this table, there should be an entry that under the column labelled ‘Organisation’, has your organisation’s name in it. There may be more than one entry in the To Do List that is from your organisation. If so, you are looking for the entry that reads ‘ESIF Outline Ap, 2014 - 2015,01’ in the Column labelled ‘Cycle, Period, Step’. Within the ‘Action’ column, there should be the word ‘View’ as a hyper-link. Pressing on ‘View’ should take you a new page entitled ‘Home Page / Multi Step Data Selection.’ This name is written in grey underneath the main blue banner that runs across the top of the webpage.
Step 4. Create a New Application
To create a new application press the button on the far right of the page, labelled ‘Add Another.’ This should bring you to a new page (this page is entitled ‘Home Page / Multi Step Data Selection / Data Capture’).
Step 5. Open you Application form
On this new page there should be a banner in dark blue/purple that reads ‘[YOUR ORGANISATION’S NAME] : ESIF Outline Ap 2014 – 2015 – 01 Sequence 1 : New.’ This is the name of the new application you have just created. To open this application, locate the ‘Expand’ and ‘View’ buttons that are above and below the left side of this banner. Ignore the ‘Expand’ and ‘View’ buttons below the banner and press the ‘Expand’ button above the banner. This should open up the ESIF Outline Application Form and you should now be able to enter text in boxes below each question!
If you have reached this far then congratulations! Despite this success, however, there is unfortunately still more to learn. The next time you access this account, your process for accessing the application form will be slightly different.
If you have gotten this far, then congratulations! Unfortunately there is still a bit more to learn. The next time you access this account, your process for accessing the application form will be slightly different.
The next time you are seeking to access your application form, Steps 2-3 . Unlike the first time you accessed the website, there should now be a table on the page. In this table, there should be an entry called ‘1’ in the column entitled ‘Sequence Number.’ (This number just relates to the order in which you created that application. Pressing the ‘Add Another’ button again would create a new application assigned the number ‘2’.) Pressing on the number in the Sequence Number Column should take you the page ‘Home Page / Multi Step Data Selection / Data Capture.’ From here, to access your application again, you press on the ‘Expand’ Button located on the left just above the dark blue/purple banner, just as before. Using these steps, you should be able to access your application form again and again, giving you plenty of time to fill in your responses before the deadline..
There is one last, crucially important, piece of information regarding all applications made through LOGASnet. Despite most of the comment boxes on the ESIF application form having no explicit word limit, there is a character limit of 2048 on all of the comment boxes, and a character limit of 80 characters in string boxes. String boxes are boxes where you fill in entries, such as your address and your project name. Comment boxes have two small diagonal lines across their bottom left hand corners, and are where you submit the main text of the application. The comment boxes will allow you to enter 2048 characters, but upon saving or submission, all characters after this point will be deleted. Fortuitously, there is the option of uploading additional documents in order to provide further information. So they say, anyway.
Using application portal websites is rarely a pleasurable experience and LOGASnet is no exception to this rule. Hopefully these instructions, while not the most riveting read, will leave you well placed to manoeuvre around the website and to submit your application for a winning service.