Research Tools & Applications

The following tools are used in the management of research activities at the University of Minnesota. The Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS) provides technical support for these research tools and applications. 

Effort Certification and Reporting Tool (ECRT)

The ECRT system is a web-based technology designed to help researchers comply with the provisions of the University's effort reporting policies, federal policy OMB Circular A-21 section J.10., NIH Salary Limitation on Grants, and other relevant agency policies that govern the need to provide certification of an individual's effort pursuant to their sponsored and nonsponsored programs. .

Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS)

EGMS is a series of databases researchers use to complete proposal forms for submission to sponsors and University forms related to sponsored projects or research. Visit the Sponsored Project Administration's (SPA) EGMS page.


eProtocol provides a common tool for principal investigators, research staff, and committee members to prepare, submit, review, and communicate about research protocols. See these resources to learn more about eProtocol:

eResearch Central

eResearch Central was retired on November 11, 2017. Researchers and research support staff should use ETHOS, eProtocol, EGMS, and eCRT to conduct their business.

Ethical Oversight Submission System (ETHOS)

ETHOS is a web platform for Institutional Review Board submissions. It is part of a larger initiative to adopt new and enhanced approaches to the review of human research. Visit the Institutional Review Board's login page for ETHOS.

Research Reporting Center

Faculty and staff seeking more detailed data, including college-level statistics from previous years, can access the .