Piestar – Software for USAID, NSF, NIH, USDA, and NIST Research Project Management & Reporting
Cloud-Based Research Project Management Software
We make managing research programs easier.
Piestar provides research management solutions with customized data & project management, monitoring & evaluation, compliance & reporting, application & proposal review, and systems for collaborative programs.
Piestar serves and supports 33 research programs funded with over $850 million in awards from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH, NIST, NSF, USAID, and USDA throughout 23 universities in the United States and in 80 countries.
Piestar systems make data collection, project management, evaluation, proposal reviews, and reporting easy. Continual improvements, enhancements, and software updates make Piestar systems safe and dependable.
Piestar DPx is designed to collect and visualize data, manage projects, streamline strategic plans, monitor progress, evaluate program impact, maintain compliance, and report results to funding agencies and stakeholders.
Reports and Analysis
Report to funding agencies and stakeholders.
Piestar DPx 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 project. A data summary section makes it easy for 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, validate, and export data.
Collecting data and project activity information can be challenging. Piestar DPx provides a simple step-by-step reporting process. Piestar DPx 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 projects.
Managing large programs with sub-awards and multiple projects is easy with Piestar DPx. Piestar DPx keeps everything organized and tracks details about 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 projects.
Customize reporting modules for specific projects.
Every project is different. Piestar DPx can adapt to the reporting intricacies of any project with customized modules and reports. Being flexible doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. The Piestar DPx system is updated and enhanced regularly, giving the benefit of a widely-used platform combined with the flexibility of customized enterprise software. The Piestar team will customize the Piestar DPx system to meet the specific needs of any program.
Clean and correct data entry errors.
The Piestar DPx 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 DPx system remembers which records have been cleaned so all data can be verified for accuracy. The Piestar DPx Data Cleaner saves program managers an exceptional amount of time.
Save time, effort, and energy with the Piestar DPx email system.
As project and reporting deadlines are added, Piestar DPx automatically schedules launch, reminder, and past-due email messages. The Piestar DPx 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 DPx makes it easy to measure reporting progress and ensures all team members submit their reports on time. Plus, it’s easy to emulate users of the system to view or edit data.
Schedule outreach activities or events and track involvement.
Engaging the community can be an important aspect of a successful program. Piestar DPx tracks event details and accepts imported files of attendees, photographs, videos and records of how event activities contribute to 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 DPx, requests are received and reviewed online, then sent to funding agencies for approval. Piestar DPx keeps a record of requests and can show recent or upcoming travel for an entire team. Piestar DPx also provides event planning and registration capabilities.
Service and Support
Receive immediate service and support from an experienced team of software engineers.
Piestar provides continual improvements, enhancements, and software updates to Piestar systems. All users of Piestar systems receive unlimited storage for data, documents, files, publications, presentation, photos, and videos. Documentation, training modules, and technical resources are included with subscription to Piestar systems. Piestar servers are hosted in the FedRAMP-authorized AWS GovCloud, which meets federal regulatory and compliance requirements.
Piestar RFx is designed to request, collect, review, rate, and select applications/proposals.
Apply for funding opportunities.
The application process is easy. Applicants just need to create an account and complete a simple online form to upload their applications/proposals.
The review team has all applications/proposals in one place for easy reviewing and rating. After the review team manager assigns reviewers to applications/proposals individually or by category, the review team rates with a weighted scoring rubric for each application/proposal.
Selection of applications/proposals is effective and efficient. Review teams can safely and securely provide direct applicant feedback and export any or all reviews to Excel.
We love what we do, do what we say, serve well and always rise to a challenge. We care about software quality and enjoy serving and supporting the teams using our systems.