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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.

Our values


We act with high ethical standards to foster trust regardless of the situation.


We proactively recruit, engage, and retain diverse and empowered teams. We eliminate discrimination and intolerance so everyone feels their presence and contributions are valued. We ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunities @ Cayuse.


We strive for betterment and believe that innovation is anything that creates value for our customers and our organization.

Cayuse At a Glance


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


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


employees focused on serving research organizations


research institutions globally



$38.8 B

U.S. federal funding submitted using Proposals in 2018



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

The story behind “Cayuse”

The name “Cayuse” is also the name of a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest. The Cayuse resided in the Columbia Basin and called themselves the Tetawken, which means “we people.” Cayuse is derived from the French word “Cailloux,” or “Rock People,” which is what French-Canadian trappers and fur traders called the tribe due to the rocky environment where they lived in northeast Oregon. Today, the Cayuse tribe is part of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla which includes the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla, tribes. Cayuse is also the name of an unincorporated town on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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 

Matt McLellan

President and CEO


Michele Maynard

Chief Operating Officer


Ron Starling

Chief Technology Officer


Nick Naso, CRO, Cayuse

Nick Naso

Chief Revenue Officer


John Starr, CFO

John Starr

Chief Financial Officer


Jason Porter

SVP of Global Growth


Richard Forrest

Richard Forrest

SVP Global Operations


Jennifer Albrecht

VP, Customer Success, Modernization


Maura Mahon, VP of Customer Delivery

Maura Mahon

VP of Customer Delivery


Jim Bratton

Jim Bratton

Vice President




Chris Harker, Ph.D.

Founder and Advisor


Gordon McDonald

General Manager, Int’l

Founder, Process Pathways


Hugh Albert

VP of Customer Success

Founder, ERA Software Systems


Naji Mourad

VP Risk & Resource Mgmt

Founder, NTM/eSirius


Jim Wrenn, Ph.D.

VP of Grant Management

Founder, IT Works


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