After a thorough search with input from faculty and staff, the University of Louisville Office of Research and Innovation has selected and secured an institutional license for a new system meant to streamline administration and management of academic research.
The new Electronic Research Administration system, Cayuse, comes with a suite of tools for finding funding, applying for limited submission opportunities, proposal management and more.
“One of the primary goals of my office is to build strong and sustainable infrastructure to support our growing research community,” said Kevin Gardner, UofL’s executive vice president for research and innovation. “That infrastructure includes critical research systems and tools that can expand opportunities and facilitate the efficient and effective management of research programs, giving our research community more time to focus on discovery and innovation.”
Cayuse will rollout over the next year, beginning with new tools that will help researchers, administrators and students easily find relevant funding opportunities and apply for internal and limited grant competitions. More information is available on the Office of Research and Innovation webpage.
The first tools to launch (with more to come) will be:
- Fund Finder, powered by Pivot (already launched) – an easy-to-use searchable database that will help researchers and scholars across all disciplines find external funding opportunities from federal, foundation, corporate and other private sponsors. Pivot also provides a number of additional tools to support researchers, including newsletters and automated notifications for customized funding opportunities.
- Competitions, powered by InfoReady (targeted to launch in winter 2021-22) – a centralized, online portal that streamlines the process of applying for internal grant programs and limited submission opportunities from external sponsors. InfoReady is a holistic system for internal funding opportunities, reviews and selections.
- Proposals, powered by Cayuse (targeted to launch in winter 2021-22) – a web-based proposal development and system-to-system submission solution for federal Grants.gov opportunities. Cayuse’s Proposals application utilizes advanced validation technology, based on sponsor guidelines, facilitating reduced submission errors and successful submission through Grants.gov on the first attempt. Proposals will replace the university’s existing S2S solution and streamlined processes around proposal submission will be implemented alongside this new system.
The Pivot platform is already up and running and can be accessed here. It’s connected with UofL Single Sign On, so faculty and staff can log in using their UofL username and password.
Several unit-level research administrators are currently being trained on Pivot to assist with this tool. There also will be a virtual educational session for Pivot at noon on Thursday, September 2, to help with the onboarding experience. Faculty and staff can sign up for the upcoming session here, and it will be recorded for those who cannot attend.
“We’re very excited to bring these new capabilities to the UofL research community over the coming months,” said Kevyn Merten, associate vice president for research and innovation. “We look forward to working with you to launch these new tools, and receiving feedback on how they help to advance your research, scholarship and creative activities.”