Administrative data related to research (grant proposals, awards, contracts, budgets, contract researchers, IP, graduate students etc) is held in a variety of central systems, requiring different levels of expertise to query, and at local levels. Departmental administrators spend a significant amount of time mapping across these systems, integrating information, monitoring project expenditure, tracking milestones and deliverables and presenting information to principal investigators and heads of departments. To address this, MARS will provide an in-house built application drawing together research project data held separately in three central systems (R12, X5 and Core HR) and allowing departmental administrators to see it in an intuitive, customisable easy-to-use front end.
Please note that most IT projects have two phases, an analysis and planning phase and a delivery phase. The timescales given below are for these two phases combined.