Cloud-software provider UNIT4 has struck a deal with Australia’s largest university to provide research management software.
Monash University has chosen the Agresso research management solution to support its global research practice, which handles grants and contracts today of around $300 million annually.
UNIT4 was chosen in partnership with its Australian distributor and implementation partner, S1 consulting.
It is the first signing outside the UK for its new Agresso Research Costing and Pricing application, developed with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Together with Agresso Award Management and Agresso Project Costing and Billing, the solution will meet Monash’s end-to-end requirement for software to manage the full spectrum of research related processes.
Monash University CIO, Ian Tebbett, said controlled research management practices were crucial for universities with ambitions in research.
“Research intensive institutions have historically struggled with the complexity of proper management processes," he said.
“Few solutions exist on the market that can meet requirements end-to-end. State-of-the-art IT systems that draw the best out of our professional staff and engage them in delivering on our institutional goals are essential.
“UNIT4’s research management solution, including the unique Research Costing and Pricing, along with the company’s experience in the sector, promises the control universities like Monash require to be world leading in the field of research.”
Agresso Research Costing and Pricing is a flexible, full Economic Costing (fEC), pricing and approval tool that enables the production of accurate cost estimations and agreement on appropriate prices for grant applications and research contracts.
Available either in the cloud, or on-premises, it provides a consistent approach to research costing including data input, output and interpretation, evidenced by clear audit trails through a single system shared across the institution.
It is a multi-lingual, multi-currency solution enabling any organisation to cost and price international projects no matter where they are located.
UNIT4 Group chief operating officer, Ab van Marion, said Monash was a flagship customer on the company’s quest to become the leading provider of education and research management solutions globally.
“Globally research is becoming a strategic activity and differentiator for universities and those that manage it well are seeing rewards,” he said.
“Together with our Australian Education and Research partner S1 Consulting, we adopt a pragmatic approach to helping universities leverage their knowledge, infrastructure and expertise to help drive successful adoption of UNIT4’s research management technology.
“S1 Consulting and UNIT4 have been successful because of our joint comprehensive technical and business expertise and our ability to merge the two virtues seamlessly.”