Piestar – data and project management | RFx applications and proposals
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Piestar is a cloud platform designed to support collaborative data and project management systems as well as application and proposal review systems. The Piestar data and project management system is specifically designed for the purposes of monitoring, evaluating, and reporting of impact data. The Piestar RFx system is designed for requesting, reviewing, rating, and selecting applications and proposals.
Research data, projects, applications, and proposals are easy to manage with Piestar.
Piestar currently serves and supports over 200 projects for USAID, USDA, and NSF research programs throughout the United States and in over 60 countries.
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Reports and Analysis
Report to funding agencies and stakeholders.
Piestar provides a growing library of reports and file exports customized to meet various funding agency requirements and compliance regulations. New reports can be customized to meet the specific needs of each research project. A data summary section makes it easy for research program leaders to review aggregated impact data. Raw data can be exported as a Microsoft Excel file at any time for a detailed analysis.
Collect, export, and analyze data.
Collecting research data and project activity information can be challenging. Piestar provides a simple step-by-step reporting process for researchers. Piestar simplifies the process with clean, uncomplicated reporting modules to ensure all required details are entered so grant-funding agencies, evaluators, and stakeholders have the data they need.
Track data for multiple research projects.
Managing large research programs with sub-awards and multiple projects is easy with Piestar. Piestar keeps everything organized and tracks details about research projects, including: status, award amounts, personnel, objectives, documents, photographs, presentations, files, activities, data, budget expenditures and more. Program managers can report progress against an annual operating plan to ensure positive momentum of the research programs.
Customize reporting modules for specific research projects.
No two research projects are exactly alike. Piestar can adapt to the reporting intricacies of any project via customized impact modules and reports. Being flexible doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. The Piestar system is updated and enhanced regularly, giving the benefit of a widely used platform combined with the flexibility of customized enterprise software.
Clean and correct data entry errors.
The Piestar data cleaner is used to edit multiple records at once. Correcting typos and duplicate data entry errors is fast and easy with the Piestar data cleaner. The Piestar system remembers which records have been cleaned so all data can be verified for accuracy. The Piestar data cleaner saves program managers an exceptional amount of time.
Save time, effort, and energy with the Piestar email system.
As research project and reporting deadlines are added, Piestar automatically schedules launch, reminder, and past-due email messages. The Piestar system sends a weekly status report, showing upcoming email messages. Modify or re-send email messages in just a few clicks, and send custom messages to team members at any time.
Budgets and Reports
Monitor project budgets and reporting progress in real-time.
Directors, PIs, Co-PIs, and program managers can monitor budgets and reporting progress. Budget burn rates keep project finances in check. Piestar makes it easy to measure reporting progress and ensures all team members submit their reports on time. It’s easy to emulate researchers to view or edit reports.
Schedule outreach activities or events and track involvement.
Engaging the community can be an important aspect of a successful research program. Piestar tracks event details and accepts imported files of attendees, photographs, videos and records of how event activities contribute to research project objectives.
Travel and Equipment
Request, receive, process, and approve travel and equipment requests.
Funding agencies usually require approval for international travel and certain equipment purchases. With Piestar, requests are received and reviewed online, then sent to funding agencies for approval. Piestar also keeps a record of requests and can show recent or upcoming travel for an entire research team.
Service and Support
Receive immediate service and support from an experienced team of software engineers.
Piestar, Inc. provides continual improvements, enhancements, and software updates to Piestar systems. All users of Piestar systems receive unlimited storage for data, documents, files, photos, and videos. Documentation, training modules, and technical resources are included with subscription to Piestar systems. Piestar, Inc. provides secure site hosting, continual data backups, and routine maintenance.
Applications and Proposals
Request, review, rate, and select applications and proposals with Piestar RFx.
It’s easy to request applications and proposals by simply uploading a PDF solicitation document. The solicitation document can be published immediately to start accepting applications and proposals. Custom reviewer assignments and weighted rating rubrics streamline the selection process while keeping scores and documents organized for easy access.
Co-founder of Piestar, Inc.
With over 20 years of professional experience in information technology, software programming, and Web development, Ben Claar leads the Piestar team to create and maintain the best data and project management systems and RFx systems for federal and state grant-funded research programs. Ben’s mission is to provide the best service and support to researchers and program managers for effective and efficient research data and project management.
Co-Founder of Piestar, Inc.
For over 20 years, Aaron Schroeder has worked with research program evaluators to streamline data collection and reporting efforts. Aaron has developed customized database systems, web-based data collection systems, and other reporting solutions tightly integrated within comprehensive research evaluation plans. Aaron has designed and implemented data collection systems for several federal and state agencies.