UQ’s vision for 2018-2021 is to achieve knowledge leadership through research enhancements. The university has implemented a Research Management Business Transformation Program including improvement of visibility, collaboration, security, transparency and access. Measurement of impact and engagement is an essential.
UQ’s strategic plan for research excellence included:
To achieve these powerful objectives, UQ required a purpose-built research management system.
UQ’s research management solution was outdated. It provided no link between pre- and post-award, and no online access to data outside the Research Management Office. The lack of an authoritative location for all information relating to research projects resulted in time wastage, multiple bespoke local systems to deal with deficiencies and poor visibility of post-award activity and compliance.
The challenge was to design a solution that addressed:
F1 Solutions proposed OmniStar Research, an enterprise-grade Research Management System, to meet UQ’s objectives. The solution, which came to be known as MyResearch, facilitated the effective, streamlined and transparent administration of research projects, including research administration management, and compliance management. The solution also supported integration with core UQ systems and enabled a holistic view of research project management, administration and compliance across the research lifecycle at UQ.
MyResearch enables individual researchers and research administrators to have direct access to key research project information, facilitating research administration and compliance management. It also supports enhanced project financial management with interfaces to UQ systems that control these elements.
With the implementation of the MyResearch system, it is expected that the solution will deliver the following benefits:
ARENA engaged F1 Solutions on a time and materials basis to perform the agreed scope of work. Weekly project status meetings were held to manage the delivery of the scope of work to the agreed budget, time frame and risk management. F1 Solutions went the extra mile to ensure the delivery of the project.
ARENA, Project Manager
DNRME needed an improved grants management system and set of processes to meeting the desired level of service, probity and adherence to legislation.
DPIE needed a contemporary grants management system to address existing limitations in their grant application, approval and management processes.
CINSW selected OmniStar Grants as the system to administer and manage their research grants. The success of this project has strengthened the innovative relationship between CINSW and OmniStar.
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