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What We Learned From SRA 2018

While there continues to be a refinement of government regulations around things like tech transfer, at the moment there aren’t any new substantial government policy changes causing angst in the research community. However, four themes revealed themselves to us this year at SRA 2018.

  1. A continued interest in ways to collaborate better
  2. The ability to report on metrics quickly
  3. Effort reporting
  4. Matching new sources of funding for PI’s


Team Science and inter-institution collaboration are becoming increasingly important. Collaboration across institutions is valuable for research but still complex to administer.

ORCID IDs are increasingly in use around the world to uniquely identify researchers and have the potential to ease the administrative burden associated with building and maintaining biosketches and current and pending researcher reports by centrally curating an authenticated list of a researchers employment and output (publications).

Metrics and Reporting

Institutions are using information collected in eRA systems to be more compliant and responsive to industry needs.  It’s becoming more apparent that research leadership needs quick and timely access to these metrics to stay ahead of the curve and make better, more accurate decisions.

Effort Certification

Effort Reporting continues to be a hot topic.  Most sessions were full and turned people away. We tried to learn as much as possible about how people are collecting and calculating salary information, including people looking for and sharing examples of internal controls—and looking for systems to help them.

Finding Funding

Our booth demos of Pivot received tremendous feedback. Several attendees we spoke with were looking for better ways to find/match funding opportunities for their PI’s, as competition continues to intensify for grants.

SRA 2018 showed us that we are, indeed headed in the right direction our product development and commitment to the research enterprise. The research community welcomed our recent launch of Cayuse Analytics, integration between Pivot/Cayuse 424, and the continued progress we are making with Cayuse Effort.

The Cayuse team remains impressed by the diversity of attendees, quality of sessions, professionalism, and obvious hard work which surrounded us at the event. We’re thankful for the opportunity to spend time with such a great group of individuals who attended the 2018 SRA Annual Meeting.


See you next year.