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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.

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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