Public universities in the United States are heavily reliant on research grants to fund studies in a wide range of disciplines. It is vital to hold individual grant receivers accountable for the use of resources to ensure the best possible use of limited funds; and to assure grant givers that their grants are being well used.
Here is how Mindtree helped a major American university ensure reporting transparency in research grants and save potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in lost funding.
The customer receives over half a billion dollars in research funding annually, which could be threatened if an audit reveals gaps in fund usage and tracking. Enhancing transparency required the university to overcome several speciﬁc challenges:
Further, the customer lacked the skills to build a solution themselves. Mindtree was brought on board to meet the needs of individual researchers, administrators in charge of large department budgets and the university's CFO.
Mindtree collaborated with the customer to build a Web application using the Microsoft .NET framework along an aggressive timeline. We took a three-pronged approach to deliver the outcomes desired by the university.
Our solution led to the development of a customisable, Web-based, intuitive reporting tool that was easy to use and accessible to all project owners and administrators campus-wide. The application enabled making good decisions at a university-wide scale as well at an individual project level.
Users can now track project health and performance across the university's projects and easily gather information for budgetary, transactional and staﬃng purposes.