University of Vermont Streamlines Research Administration Processes With Huron Research Suite
University of Vermont worked with Huron to reduce administrative burden for researchers by implementing six software products
In under two and half years, the University of Vermont (UVM) Office of Research successfully replaced its existing pre-award and compliance systems with Huron’s grants, agreements, institutional review board (IRB), institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), safety, and conflict of interest (COI) solutions. UVM’s new platform, UVMClick, allows full electronic routing and approvals, providing transparency into the status of funding applications, research protocols, conflict of interest disclosures, contracts and ongoing expirations.
University of Vermont and Huron’s partnership stemmed from the university’s desire to reduce administrative burden for researchers by deploying modern, integrated software to support the research enterprise. The software provides tools for both faculty and administrative staff to meet the unique roles each performs in the overall process. The new system increases transparency and efficiency, facilitates communication, and helps the university meet the ongoing regulatory changes.
The implementation program spanned approximately two and a half years and was deployed in the order of IRB, COI, safety, IACUC and grants, and in April 2020, UVM kicked off its project for the sixth product, agreements.
Despite the unique work challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UVM was able to complete the five phases — onboarding, process analysis, iteration, testing and training, and deployment and postproduction support — to successfully achieve on-time go-live dates of all products.
The University of Vermont is currently collaborating with Huron to expand its integrations between Huron Research Suite and third-party software vendors.
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