KRISTAL application now available

The eagerly anticipated KRISTAL (Knowledge Research Innovation System at Leeds) application was successfully launched across the University recently.


KRISTAL replaces COSTA and existing award acceptance tools and aims to help manage the University’s research grant portfolio by providing, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for proposal creation, grant management and reporting covering both pre and post-award.  KRISTAL also handles European awards and co-location awards spanning more than one academic unit, the use of KRISTAL for innovation grants is scheduled to follow early summer 2013. New Management Information System (MIS) reports using the Qlikview Tool will allow academic investigators to access information on spend against budget across their portfolio of projects on a daily basis.

“KRISTAL provides a step change in our management of research grants” said Professor David Hogg, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation. “It will enable academic staff to focus more productively on their core research, with better integration of supporting processes and timely management information.”

The new application has been developed by ISS, based on requirements provided by academic and research support staff. It’s release to users is the result of a successful collaboration between ISS, academic and research support staff in RIS and the nine faculties.

“KRISTAL is the largest and most complex project run in ISS in recent years, involving more than 20 members of staff working closely with the research community,”  said IT Director Rhys Davies. “The team have developed a sector leading solution that captures a complex business process within a user-friendly interface, making KRISTAL accessible to all researchers at Leeds. “

Training on KRISTAL for academic and other users will be organised by Faculty Research and Innovation Offices (FRIO’s) with support from the central Research Innovation Services (RIS) team.  Centrally-run training for academic investigators began in December last year and will continue throughout this year supplemented by targeted assistance from FRIO’s for investigators planning applications with imminent submission deadlines.

Visit for access to KRISTAL and Qlikview (MIS) training guides.  Please contact your Faculty Research Innovation Office to schedule any training required.

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