Piestar – data and project management | RFx applications and proposals

Discover the quality, value, and simplicity of Piestar.

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

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.

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Data Collection

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.

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Projects

Project Management

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.

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Customized Modules

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.

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Data Cleaner

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.

Automated Email

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.

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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.

Outreach Activities

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.

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Travel

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.

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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.

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RFx

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.

Ben Claar

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.

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Aaron Schroeder

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.

Piestar has been key in our ability to effectively and efficiently manage a multi-million dollar research portfolio with a small staff and limited resources.

Program Manager, USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab

Thanks for all you do for us. Piestar makes my job easier. It’s as easy as…pie.

Director, NSF EPSCoR Program

The Piestar system, coupled with excellent client support, has provided a user-friendly reporting system that team members around the world can utilize to better manage research projects.

Assistant Director, USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab

Piestar helps us meet the needs of a variety of partners in the program – from ensuring donor organization compliance, to management of program details, to giving researchers a platform to monitor project progress – all within a single system.

Project Coordinator of a Feed the Future Innovation Lab

I appreciate the prompt help and responses we always receive in regards to our research program! It is always very helpful on our end.

Director, NSF EPSCoR

With Piestar’s real-time reporting capabilities, I have been able to review information on my phone with team members from a sorghum field, in Africa.

Assistant Director, USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab

Piestar provides easy collaborative access to useful data.

Program Coordinator, NSF EPSCoR

The Piestar web-based system has allowed me to access multiple levels of information in one place, whether in my office, on my phone, or remotely while traveling around the world.

Assistant Director, USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab

I am impressed with Piestar’s ability to customize our reporting system to meet the administrative needs of our management team.

Business Manager of a Feed the Future Innovation Lab

If there were a box to check asking if I like Piestar, I’d check it twice.

Director of a USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab

Piestar is truly amazing! It is so user-friendly. Navigating through the impact modules is easy and technical support is top-notch. Information about new Piestar system features is always comprehensive and easy to understand.

Program Manager, NSF EPSCoR

I always feel like I am being heard when I talk to anyone on the Piestar support team. For example, my input about tweaking the one-time email campaign feature to add a field and additional filters was promptly taken care of by the fantastic Piestar support team.

Project Coordinator, NSF EPSCoR

The data cleaner is extremely helpful. I love how the group rows feature allows me to instantly view and edit grouped proposals and publications. Best of all - the copy to all feature! No typing. No copy and paste. So easy!!

Program Manager, NSF EPSCoR

Clients frequently comment on the quality, value, and simplicity of Piestar.

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Piestar helps researchers win awards, grants, and funding.

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Piestar is co-owned by the Kansas State University Research Foundation.
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