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The Cayuse Research Suite is centered on the Cayuse solutions first developed by Dr. Chris Harker in 1994.  At the time Dr. Harker was a medical researcher, faculty member, and Laboratory Director at Oregon Health Sciences University.  He wanted to develop an easier way to handle the processes associated with research administration and proposal submission, so that more focus could be placed on the actual science. Ease-of-use remains our guiding principal today. In subsequent blog posts we’ll discuss additional milestones of our past and some insights into our future.

Below, are some some of our early company milestones in #CayuseHistory.

  • 1994: Dr. Chris Harker developed his first Public Health Service (PHS) grant application software, Grant Slam, in his living room. He formed Cayuse, Inc., naming it after the famed Cayuse Native American pony of the Pacific Northwest.
  • 1995-2003: Cayuse’s Grant Slam grant application software was a best-seller, proving very popular with thousands of investigators, helping them to produce their paper-based NIH grant proposals.
  • 2002: Cayuse’s Grant Slam software forms the basis for an Electronic Research Administration (eRA) grant submission system. Dr. Chris Harker applies for, and receives, a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) NIH grant to create and commercialize such a groundbreaking eRA system.
  • 2006: The company became the first vendor to successfully communicate System-to-System with through its flagship Cayuse 424 solution.  With robust error validation, pre-population of common fields, automated budget calculations and world class support, Cayuse 424 quickly amassed a large and loyal customer base.  Today nearly 1/3 of the top 100 research institutions in the United States utilize the solution.

This list of clients includes the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  UNC paired Cayuse 424 as the best in breed S2S tool with their leading-edge internal solution for Research Administration.  The UNC solution, known internally as RAMSeS, was developed centrally and hosted for the other institutions within the North Carolina system.  This architecture made it a viable option for commercialization and its intuitive user-interface aligned well with Cayuse’s design principles.  In 2010, Cayuse licensed the RAMSeS system, commercialized the platform (enhancing stability and scalability,) and made it available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering branded Cayuse SP (Sponsored Programs).

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