rSmart, a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for higher education, announced today Towson University has selected rSmart Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus to further improve the university’s research administration efficiencies and serve as a single, reliable source for proposal, award, and compliance information.

In 2012, Towson University set a strategic goal to transform all paper-based processes related to research administration and primary compliance support to an electronic format. As a primarily undergraduate institution, the central office manages approximately 400 proposals per year, but had limited capital resources, a slim training budget, and was required to use only existing staff positions to accomplish their goal.

“Our sponsored programs office evaluated a variety of low-cost tools and utilized a combination of software programs, including an Access database and SharePoint, to transfer information electronically and track proposals,” said Amy Taylor, Assistant Vice President of Research at Towson University. “We reduced a five-day approval process to just hours, but were still missing the flexibility of a comprehensive electronic research administration solution that could take us from start to finish on a grant.”

After a formal evaluation, Towson selected Cloud Express, built on open source, community-developed Kuali Coeus software, to streamline the many tasks involved in pre-award, post-award and compliance management within a single, cloud-based system.

Cloud Express will help Towson electronically manage their research activities by:
-Streamlining pre- and post-award processes to increase efficiencies and lower costs
-Simplifying management, tracking, and reporting on research compliance
-Improving oversight with timely and reliable reporting

“We are honored to have Towson University join our Cloud Express adopters including Portland State University, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Georgia Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, University of Mississippi Medical Center and California State University-Monterey Bay. Towson has shown a tremendous commitment to improving their administrative processes and we look forward to working closely with their team to reach their goals,” said Chris Coppola, CEO.

To learn more about Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus or view a four-minute demo, visit

About Towson University (
Founded in 1866, Towson University is among the nation’s best regional public universities, offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields. With nearly 23,000 students, Towson is among the largest public universities in Maryland. Towson combines research-based learning with practical application, and its many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Towson one of the nation’s best and most efficiently run universities. An NCAA Division I school in athletics, Towson is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association as well as the Colonial Academic Alliance.

About rSmart (
rSmart, a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for higher education, empowers colleges and universities to embrace community-driven, open source software. We make Kuali ERP software enterprise ready with cloud delivery, enhanced functionality, professional services, and support. Our customers significantly reduce research, financial, and student administration costs through improved processes and freedom from expensive, overly customized, and difficult to maintain legacy and proprietary software. rSmart is privately held and headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ.

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