How the Government Prepares Grant Application Forms – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we explained the content development process for new and updated Grants.gov forms. In Part 2, we focus on Grants.gov’s role in the technical development of forms.

Forms Development Process

The development time of each form can range from one month for a cosmetic change to up to six months for a new, multi-page form. The following provides a high-level overview of the forms development cycle:

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What’s the Plan? Grants.gov in 2017

With the recent New Year Holiday now in the rearview mirror, we want to let you, the grants community, know what you can look forward to from Grants.gov in 2017.

1. Applying with online forms in Workspace will become the standard way to apply for grants on Grants.gov.

online forms iconComplete your application package in Workspace with the option of filling out individual, online forms or individual, fillable PDF forms. For more detailed information, review the Workspace Overview page.

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One Place to Apply for Grants From All Federal Agencies

If you apply for grants from multiple federal agencies, you could easily find yourself using several different grant application systems. But with Grants.gov Workspace, in most cases, you don’t need to.

Grants.gov - One Place to Apply for Grants from All Federal Agencies

One of the great benefits of using Grants.gov and its Workspace application tool is that all federal agencies and 99 percent of all federal grant application packages are supported. This means…

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Inside Grants.gov: An Interview with Communications Lead Nicole Daniel

We at the Grants.gov Community Blog (GCB) recently spoke with Nicole Daniel (ND), Communications Lead for the Grants.gov Program Management Office, to discuss the reception of Workspace and what Grants.gov users can expect with future system enhancements.

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Nicole Daniel, Communications Lead with the Grants.gov Program Management Office

GCB: Workspace launched in October of 2015. What kind of reception have you seen so far?

ND: We’ve been happy with the reception. A growing number of users are submitting their first applications using Workspace. Early feedback suggests that users appreciate how much easier Workspace makes it to collaborate with other colleagues on the grant application forms.

GCB: What need or issue was workspace designed to address?

ND: Well, for years applicants had to download a single PDF of forms that only one person could fill out at a time. There were also issues with data entry – for example, you often couldn’t just copy and paste in prewritten text. Then, when it was time to submit, you sort of had to cross your fingers and hope you hadn’t messed up anywhere on the form, or the submission would be rejected. Workspace addresses all of these complaints and more by breaking the package into individual forms that can be filled out by multiple users at once. Also, each form is validated when it is uploaded back into a workspace, saving a lot of heartache during the submission process.

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Example Cases: How Workspace Improves the Applicant Experience on Grants.gov

Note: This is part two of two blog posts introducing Grants.gov’s Workspace feature. Here’s part one if you missed it.

Since the launch of Workspace, Grants.gov has seen a steady, monthly increase in users and submissions – and feedback has been positive.

But how exactly does the new functionality improve the applicant experience? Potential improvements will, in part, depend on your institution and the existing workflow you have in place.

Below are two examples, one for a university and the other a grant writer, of how using Workspace can benefit someone that has used the traditional Grants.gov submission method in the past.

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