Updated June 19, 2016: Grants.gov launched Release 15.2. The biggest addition coming to the system with this release is the grant forecast. The grant forecast is a projection by the grant-making agency of a funding opportunity that is likely to come later in the year.
Grant forecasts benefit both grantors and applicants:
By posting a forecast on Grants.gov, grantors can increase the views it receives and provide more time for applicants to prepare. Also, the data from the grant forecast pre-populates information grantors need to enter later on when publishing the official Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). If you currently publish forecasts through a separate system, you can be more efficient by using Grants.gov for both forecasts and FOAs.
Forecasts help applicants find out about opportunities sooner, providing more time for planning. This additional time to prepare the application and coordinate key partnerships may result in higher-quality applications. Applicants can locate forecasts through the search interface, RSS, XML extract, or email subscriptions.
Other highlights in Release 15.2 include:
- The active grants XML extract has been updated to accommodate forecasts (Note: This only affects a small number of more technical users)
- Updated landing page after logging in to improve load time and keep users up-to-date on grants-related news
For more detailed release information, check out the Releases page on Grants.gov.