About the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia's leading not-for-profit organisation funding world-class breast cancer research towards its vision of Zero Deaths from breast cancer. NBCF facilitates a world-class meritorious peer-review system that invites scientists and clinicians from across the country to apply to NBCF’s annual grant scheme. This involves independent and rigorous assessment of each application, with external assessment from national scientists, clinician researchers and those who have been directly affected by a breast cancer diagnosis.
NBCF, on average, receives 90 grant applications each year and invites around 50 scientific and clinical expert reviewers, along with a panel of about 14 consumer advisors, to assess each application. This requires a sophisticated management solution to streamline the grant application, assessment, approval and reporting process.
OmniStar provided NBCF with the ability to streamline its three different management systems into one user-friendly solution. Its accessible interface and intelligent system has allowed NBCF to simplify its grant application, reporting and reviewing processes. This has allowed NBCF and its collaborators to focus their energy on their research goals.
Thanks to OmniStar's unique capability to build and integrate advanced custom features, NBCF was able to create a calculator for measuring the career disruption that might come from applicants taking extended leave due to parental obligations or illness. This automated the process of calculating career categories, which greatly of determining appropriate salary levels and streamlined the eligibility checking process.
The flexibility of OmniStar also means that as NBCF seeks to further improve, streamline, and automate its granting processes the platform can easily be adapted to meet their new needs.
With OmniStar, NBCF has been able to rationalise three management systems into a singular platform, allowing them to improve their processes and focus more of their resources on their research goal of zero deaths from breast cancer.
Rationalised multiple elements of grant management across the research lifecycle into one cohesive solution, including funding and pre-award to post-award grant management.
Improved accessibility for internal and external users with a user-friendly interface that saves time and reduces strain on administrative resources.
Automated grant and review processes have freed up resources for accomplishing organisational goals.
Streamlined the process external collaborators follow for submitting reports and reviews by collating multiple platforms into one user-friendly portal.
Features were custom built for unique administrative needs, simplifying complex and labour-intensive processes.
Enhanced visibility of the progress of research projects, with improved data management and real-time dashboards that can visualise the full research lifecycle.
Organisation-specific features were incorporated, allowing for more accurate and streamlined data collection and management. The enhanced flexibility of the management solution keeps options open for further changes as organisational processes evolve.
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