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Why Cayuse

Our mission

Empower organizations to conduct globally connected research and sponsored projects, advancing their impact on science, discovery and society.

Cayuse At a Glance


founded by a researcher at Oregon Health & Science University


apps to address every step of the research lifecycle


employees focused on serving research organizations


research institutions, universities, and hospitals served

$38.8 B

U.S. federal funding submitted using Proposals in 2018


of implementations finished on time and on budget

Decades of Research Administration Experience

In 1994, OHSU researcher Christian Harker, Ph.D., wanted to spend less time faxing forms and more time on research. So he founded Cayuse, and using an SBIR grant, he created the industry’s first grant application software with system-to-system submission to Grants.gov.

Since then, Cayuse has developed a research administration ecosystem under the guidance of a visionary leadership team. The powerful yet intuitive apps on the Cayuse platform help modernize processes and increase transparency across all points of the research lifecycle.

Scalable Solutions for Every Organization

Our customers include academic institutions, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations—with research budgets ranging from $1 million to more than $1 billion.

They use our intuitive, industry-leading software to improve collaboration between researchers and administrators, mitigate compliance risks, and save time.

All of Cayuse’s products are backed by our world-class customer service and support.

Executive Leadership Team

Matt McLellan

President and CEO

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Michele Maynard

Chief Operating Officer

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Ron Starling

Chief Technology Officer

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Chris Harker, Ph.D.

Founder and Advisor

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Jason Porter

VP of Sales

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Adam Mertz

VP of Marketing

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Naji Mourad

VP of Risk and Resource Management

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Jim Wrenn

VP of Grant Management

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Gordon McDonald

General Manager, International

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Our rewarding mission and focused team makes Cayuse an inspiring and energetic place to work. Come join us!

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