In 2007, GRC mobilized members to respond to problems in the development and execution ofGrants.gov, which was conceived as the government’s single portal for posting federal funding opportunities and submitting applications. The Efficiency and Compliance Task Force (formerly the Grants.gov Task Force) identified the five challenges that were having the greatest impact on GRC members’ time, efficiency, and volume of application submissions. They succeeded in convincing Grants.gov leadership of the importance of the changes, and saw three of their recommendations implemented almost immediately.
The task force continues to work closely with theGrants.gov leadership team on community outreach, training improvement, and system change requests. In addition, the task force has led GRC efforts to negotiate substantial discounts with proposal development and grant management software companies, giving GRC members access to systems that historically have been too expensive for teaching-intensive, predominantly undergraduate institutions to justify the investment.
This task force is also developing a clearinghouse of advanced proposal development resources including a series of one page agency fact sheets for over 30 grant funding federal agencies and sub-agencies and multiple subject specific funding guides at the request of GRC member campuses.
The resources developed by this task force continue to assist in putting AASCU campuses at the forefront of proposal development for federal government priorities.