In 2021, Cayuse merged with Haplo, the UK’s leading research information management solution, to help further the mission to connect the global research ecosystem and better serve researchers worldwide. The merger allowed Haplo to scale its operations and bring its innovative products to international markets, strengthening both organisations’ research ecosystems and capabilities.
Today, that spirit of discovery – recognising a gap and then driving to find a solution – is the essence of Cayuse. It’s what drives us to empower organisations to conduct life-changing research that benefits everyone – it’s why we have given our all to building the Cayuse Connected Research Enterprise powered by the Cayuse Platform.
Chris Harker was a researcher, faculty member, and lab director at Oregon Health & Science University. Frustrated by the lack of connectivity between research administration processes and proposal submissions, Chris developed his first Public Health Service (PHS) grant application software, Grant Slam, in 1994 -and soon after launched Cayuse.
In 2002, Chris received a Small Business Innovation Research NIH grant to create and commercialise an eRA system. Cayuse became the first vendor to successfully communicate system-to-system with Grants.gov through Cayuse Proposals Eight years later, Cayuse licensed the RAMSeS system and commercialised the platform making it available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, branded Sponsored Projects.
Our name and logo were inspired by the song, “Don’t Fence Me In” written by Cole Porter, who wrote about the desire to roam “the wide open country” on his Cayuse pony, seeking discovery and independence.
The Cayuse pony mentioned in this song is named after the Cayuse people, which is a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest. The Cayuse Native Americans resided in the Columbia Basin in the Pacific Northwest and called themselves the Tetawken, which means “we people.” Cayuse is derived from the French word “Cailloux,” or “Rock People,” which is what French-Canadian trappers and fur traders called the tribe due to the rocky environment where they lived in northeast Oregon. Today, the Cayuse tribe is part of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla which includes the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes. Cayuse is also the name of an unincorporated town on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Cayuse, LLC is not affiliated with the tribe.