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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

1994

founded by Chris Harker, PhD, a researcher at Oregon Health & Science University

20+

connected apps on the Cayuse platform addressing every stage of the research lifecycle

200+

employees focused on serving research organizations

450+

research institutions globally

$38.8 B

U.S. federal funding submitted using Proposals in 2018

98%

of implementations finished on time and on budget in the last three years

Decades of Research Administration Experience

Chris Harker was a researcher, faculty member, and lab director at Oregon Health & Science University was frustrated by the lack of connectivity between research administration processes and proposal submissions.  In 1994 Chris developed his first Public Health Service (PHS) grant application software, Grant Slam, in his living room and soon after formed Cayuse. Cayuse’s Grant Slam software formed the basis for an electronic research administration (eRA) grant submission system. 

In 2002, Chris received a Small Business Innovation Research  NIH grant to create and commercialize an eRA system. Cayuse became the first vendor to successfully communicate system-to-system with Grants.gov through Cayuse Proposals (originally called Cayuse 424.) Eight years later, Cayuse licensed the RAMSeS system and commercialized the platform making it available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, branded Sponsored Projects.

Today, that spirit of discovery, of recognizing a gap and then driving to find a solution is the essence of Cayuse. It’s what drives us to empower organizations to conduct the life-changing research that benefits everyone–it’s why we have given our all to building the Cayuse Research Suite.

Our journey to empower globally connected research

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 and Founders

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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Jason Porter

SVP of Global Growth

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Nick Naso, CRO, Cayuse

Nick Naso

Chief Revenue Officer

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John Starr, CFO

John Starr

Chief Financial Officer

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Adam Mertz

VP of Marketing

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Maura Mahon, VP of Customer Delivery

Maura Mahon

VP of Customer Delivery

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Chris Harker, Ph.D.

Founder and Advisor

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Gordon McDonald

General Manager, Int’l

Founder, Process Pathways

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Hugh Albert

VP of Customer Success

Founder, ERA Software Systems

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Naji Mourad

VP Risk & Resource Mgmt

Founder, NTM/eSirius

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Jim Wrenn, Ph.D.

VP of Grant Management

Founder, IT Works

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