If you are the only user, you can host your files from your computer with FileMaker Pro and connect to the hosted database with FM Go. You may want to take that grant money (assuming you can get it) and invest in one of the 3rd party "synch" tools available instead. both 360works and SeedCode offer synchronization tools for such purposes.
Thank you, PhilModJunk, for your answer.
Do you know if I can connect FM Go with Filemaker Pro via Bluetooth/Bonjour? (I was unable to use the "Reflection" app with my school wireless, but was able to figure out how set up a local network via Bluetooth/Bonjour to get it to work.) I'll spend some time later looking at 360works and SeedCode - there are just so many moving parts, and the way I have been doing it works great, but am just trying to think ahead. I know that a 4gb database is already too large.
Also, if I take a photograph into a container field in FM Go, as I need to do, do you know if I can set it up to automatically send the photograph to a remote folder on my Mac (which is linked to the specific container field in the database?) I guess I am unclear on remotely using a database. Does FM Go act as a mirror? So what I am doing is actually happening on my Mac? Do I need to write a script to automatically put those photos in a folder? Way too many questions. I am completely self taught, but determined. Thank you so much!
You can sync using import and if do an import/sync that only imports the changes and new fields so it is almost a brain dead feature and easy to set up. I've tested the import in both directions and it works.
I've also used set field to push data from here to there and that works also.
The commercial products are far more complex than the task itself but then they are designed for people who don't script very much.
I've blogged about this off an on and do intend to deliver a simple method of doing this in an inexpensive file for doit yourselfers.
www.gofm.biz <-- it's free