Since launching Workspace in 2015, Grants.gov has continued to enhance its collaborative features for applicants. Several new features will be available when Release 16.0 is deployed on June 19, 2017.
Our first Release 16.0 preview post highlighted changes to user roles and access levels that will allow Workspace Owners to control access to budget forms and to add participants from outside organizations.
Another upcoming enhancement is the addition of the new progress bar at the top of the workspace.
New enhancements to Grants.gov are just around the corner. How will they improve the applicant experience?
The Release Notes for 15.4 provide an in-depth explanation of each enhancement. The two biggest changes relating to applicants are the arrival of online forms and the option to use a single username and password to access multiple profiles.
If you don’t have time to read the release notes, take 75 seconds to watching the following two videos explaining these major enhancements:
In part two of our Release 15.4 preview, we are highlighting the arrival of online Workspace forms to Grants.gov.
Previously, all federal grant applications on Grants.gov comprised Adobe PDF forms – either as a single package of forms, or – in Workspace – as downloadable individual forms. Now, federal grant applicants can complete forms within their web browser on a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device, such as a tablet.
What are the appeals of using online forms vs. PDF forms? Let’s take an applicant named Tricia at a university’s office of sponsored research, as our example.
We like to know tomorrow’s weather in advance so that we can plan out our day.
Wouldn’t it also be nice to know what federal grants are coming before they are actually posted?
Grants.gov is introducing its new Forecast feature with Release 15.2, giving Grantors the option to publish planned grant funding opportunities so that Applicants can get a head-start on preparing their applications.