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GRANTS.GOV IMPLEMENTS ENHANCEMENTS
Grants.gov is always seeking ways to improve the applicant experience and simplify the grant
process for both the applicant and the grant-making agency. Plans to enhance Grants.gov are made
based on applicant and grantor assessments and requests. Recently Grants.gov implemented
many system enhancements as part of System Build 2008-01, which improved form functionality,
submission notification and tracking a package.
The application process is a key component of the Grants.gov experience – for this reason we
have invested time and resources during this System Build to enhance the application forms.
Prior to System Build 2008-01 the size of some fields on commonly used forms was insufficient
for entering the necessary data. Once the maximum number of characters or data was entered
in the field, a plus sign would appear. Fields in those forms have now been expanded so that
the applicant may enter all the necessary data and the plus sign issue has been resolved.
The data fields are not the only things that have been improved on the application forms – the
Save & Submit function has also been improved. An application package that has been completed
and checked for errors will display an active Save & Submit button. Prior to the new system
enhancement, once the saved package with the active Save & Submit button was re-opened,
the Save & Submit button would automatically become deactivated. The applicant would then
have to save and check package for errors again, before the Save & Submit button would activate.
The Save & Submit button now remains active, which saves time and eliminates confusion
about whether the package has been completed.
Submission notifications were also re-evaluated and improved to make information easier to
find and understand. The submission confirmation page (that displays directly after an application
is submitted) now has more information about the applicant; their name as well as DUNS nu