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UT Prepares to Adopt New Research Management Software

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) along with sister campuses across the UT System, is preparing to shift to the full Huron Research Suite (HRS), which will be called “Dynamic Administrative Systems for Higher Education (DASH) Research” at UT. DASH Research will replace several current programs, including IRIS, iMedRIS, and Cayuse. In making this transition, UT joins more peer R1 institutions who rely on HRS as the gold standard in research management software.

DASH Research provides modern, scalable, cloud-based solutions for managing the business of research, and offers a suite of modules spanning the sponsored project lifecycle, from grants and contracts to effort certification to export control, and more.

The major benefit of DASH Research is robust integration across its modules, which not only provides a better user experience, but also eliminates gaps in workflow processes that plague many of our current systems. These gaps create risk, along with additional work for UT faculty and staff, who often rely on cumbersome, manual processes to track and mitigate these issues.

By streamlining and automating processes within and between modules, DASH Research will measurably increase operational efficiency and security, making compliance easier for everyone. Integration will also provide cleaner data conversions for more reliable reporting of research data.

Administrators and staff from UT and other System campuses are now engaged in mapping out a DASH Research implementation plan that will span the next three years. Due to the imminent sunset of IRIS, initial efforts will focus on launching the modules for managing conflicts of interest and effort certification by July 2024.

For questions about DASH Research or implementation plans, contact Jennifer Webster ( or 865-974-2044).