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5 Reasons to Love IACUC

IACUC, the latest solution in the Cayuse Research Suite, is here! We love IACUC, and we’re sure you will, too. Here are five reasons why: It’s All About the Animals IACUC was designed to put the humane care and use of animal research subjects first. With built-in...

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Grant Accounting Solutions and Challenges Happen Everwhere

Ever since we started developing grant accounting solutions, our clients have shown us that there are common sets of challenges that overlap when it comes to grant management. Regardless of whether it’s a large research university or a small nonprofit, all who manage...

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Best Practices with Grant Management Reporting & Invoicing

Grant milestone reporting can vary depending on how the milestone is measured, how the recipient institution tracks and monitors the milestones, and based on what the sponsor requires. When grant reporting & invoicing is dependent on time rather than milestones,...

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Tips to Combat Declining NIH Award Success Rates

It’s no secret that NIH proposal acceptance rates have declined significantly since the turn of the century: -14% from 2001 to 2016, to be exact, according to NIH. Additionally, NIH budgets have remained fairly constant, averaging $30.18 billion from 2008-2015...

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Grant Funding Opportunity – Should we Apply?

Researchers are barraged with funding opportunities that hold a variety of requirements. Each grant funding opportunity is communicated by a solicitation referred to as a request for proposals (RFP), request for applications (RFA) or other similar guidance.  The...

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Documenting Personnel Compensation On a Federal Grant

Prior to 2016, the federal government issued new mandates regarding documenting personnel compensation.  Effort on federal awards must be certified by the employee or an individual having firsthand knowledge of the contributed effort on a periodic basis. In an...

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Tracking Grant Supplements and Supplement Applications

Grant supplements and supplement applications pose unique tracking issues for sponsored research administrators.  In this blog, we first provide a brief review of supplements and discuss the unique tracking issues associated with them. What is a Grant Supplement?...

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Grant Accounting Software and Journal Entries

In most research organizations, it is not unusual to have several projects that are being managed simultaneously in grant accounting software.  Along with those projects, there are many expenses that are associated with them.  These numerous expenses are...

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Effectively Monitoring Grant Encumbrances

In the area of grant administration, the importance of tracking past expenditures is well known.  However, it is equally important to track outstanding purchases.  The correct fund accounting term for tracking outstanding purchases is encumbrance.  The...

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Effort Reporting Process… What’s Changed?

No, the effort reporting process wasn’t eliminated. Rather there was an attempt to simplify it while still maintaining documentation of appropriately expended federal funds.  During the iterations of the Uniform Guidance both federal and higher education research...

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Evaluating Research Administration Activities

Evaluating research administration activities is no easy task, especially since the criteria can vary.  While we would all like to believe our organization is running under optimal conditions, we must be able to prove it. To do so we collect robust evidence by...

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