Software eases grant applications
- By Eric Kulisch
- Nov 20, 2000
Oracle Corp. is rolling out new software that aims to ease the way for proposal
writers in search of grant money.
The application enables members of a grant team to work together in
real time rather than individually on different tasks. That ability may
speed the process and cut mistakes.
Oracle officials say the software might even help agencies end up with
more grant money. "If you have a finite number of people, you can perhaps
have an ability to apply for more money or in more creative ways," said
Frank Bishop, Oracle's vice president for public-sector development.
Grants Proposal is designed to automate and electronically organize
a group's proposal activities. Using a Web browser, different people can
simultaneously develop a proposal, a budget and a written explanation because
everything is available in one secure database.
Once the proposal is constructed, an Oracle workflow product can route
the document to multiple managers for review and approval. The final product
can be electronically submitted to the funding agency via Oracle's e-commerce
Background material for the proposal can be imported into the company's
existing Grants Accounting application. Such information can then be used
as the baseline for post-award, compliance-tracking reports required by
the funding agency.