"Grants.gov is re-aligning its business efforts to allow it to focus principally on its core business
This means that Grants.gov will no longer be in the ownership and management of IT
As a consequence, Grants.gov anticipates pursuing the acquisition of a "cloud computing" environment to include but not limited to service-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capability to fulfill its mission needs."
In a requirement description, the agency also clearly outlined its requirements.
"From a mission perspective, a cloud computing environment possessing the follow capabilities would be considered as a viable candidate to establish a relationship with Grants.gov:
- An established capability (technology and staff) to develop (with business rules), test, deploy, host, manage, and maintain forms on a single integrated technological environment (minimizing development & deployment costs, & allowing for rapid forms deployment)
Delivers a compelling user experience
- Built-in Scalability (up and down on demand), Reliability, and Security
- Built-in integration with web services and databases (maximum leveraging of existing software & third-party web services)
- Supports applicant collaboration (particularly in fellowship & complex/multi-project settings to meet applicant and grantor expectations)
- Deep application instrumentation (to allow for highly granular analysis of user activities to enable future cost recovery models for grantors based on system usage vice flat or subscription fees)
- Supports existing grantor and applicant system-to-system connectivity within the federal grants community
- Ability to advise Grants.gov on forms development & management oversight to minimize duplication
Budget pressues are sure to make this route a popular option for many agencies.