(Scottsdale, Ariz. Aug 27, 2013) – rSmart, provider of higher education technology solutions built on open source, community developed Kuali ERP software, has released an innovative new product offering. rSmart Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus provides automated grants management for primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). The new solution is a cost-effective alternative to manual, paper-based processes that result in inefficiencies, inaccuracies, and lack of insight into grants administration for colleges and universities.

“The grants funding landscape for higher ed institutions is more challenging than ever. Grant funds are very competitive and funders are placing more requirements on how these funds are managed,” said Diane Barrett, former president of the national council of research administrators (NCURA), and current rSmart Kuali Coeus consultant. “Yet, many institutions are still managing their grant processes by hand, making administration, oversight, and collaboration very time-consuming and complicated, potentially jeopardizing this important source of funding.”

rSmart Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus makes automated, online grants management affordable and easy to deploy, meeting the growing needs of PUIs. Cloud Express is built on Kuali Coeus open source software, delivered in the rSmart Cloud, pre-configured based on industry best practices, and includes out-of-the-box reporting for better insight and management of grants administration.

Key features of rSmart Cloud Express include:
* Web-based proposal and budget development
* Online proposal collaboration and routing for faster review and approval
* Electronic proposal submission and Grants.gov integration
* Comprehensive awards management
* Out-of-the-box proposal and award reports including proposals by sponsor and type, investigator history, funding status, awards by principal investigator, and many more
* Optional modules for compliance management including: conflict of Interest (COI), institutional review board (IRB), and institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC)

rSmart Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus is available immediately. Colleges and universities can learn more and request a free demonstration at http://www.rsmart.com/CloudExpress.

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