RNSolutions has maintained a contract with NIH since 2001 to manage operations for the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) program. Our staff experience dates back to 1996. The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides a full grants management life-cycle solution, receiving and processing grant applications to NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FDA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Over 9,500 institutions worldwide have applied for grants through the system, whose users submit more than 80,000 applications each year. Hundreds of data bridging jobs link the suite of 27 modules in the eRA system with external NIH systems and mainframes. RNSolutions handles task execution, performance monitoring, quality assurance, staffing, earned value tracking, risk management, and budgeting for every engagement of the multi-agency Federal grants program, and has been awarded multiple awards for providing outstanding service.
Beginning in 2009, RNSolutions has assisted CFSAN in achieving the ambitious goals of FDA's Information and Computerized Technology for the 21st Century (ICT21) program. We provide services for CFSAN's approximately 800 employees, who range from support staff to highly specialized professionals.
In addition to supporting large-scale programs like ICT21at CFSAN, we also support many other important food safety and applied nutrition-related business and IT systems in the areas of business management, project coordination, collaboration, architecture, infrastructure, analysis, budget, independent estimation, independent verification and validation, web content management, 508 compliance, security, system upgrades and migration, wireless communication, language translation, and documentation. Some of the systems include CFSAN Automated Research Tracking System (CARTS), Adverse Events Reporting System (CAERS), The Chemical Evaluation and Risk Estimation System (CERES), Acidified and Low-Acid Canned Foods (LACF), and Thesaurus Management System (TMS). RNSolutions provides architecture and design evaluation services for the CERES. Our staff also supported the design and development effort for the CAERS.
Additionally, we provide Technical Product Coordination through: coordinating CFSAN's business office participation with FDA's Bioinformatics Board (BiB) projects; providing business management support services throughout the EPLC cycle of Center-funded IT projects and stages of Agency Enterprise/BiB projects; coordinating with business stakeholders to complete the planned Information and Computing Technologies for the ICT21 migration of CFSAN IT infrastructure and database systems to alternate data centers according to established project schedules; re-evaluating business requirements before, during, and after the ICT21 migration of CFSAN IT infrastructure and systems to address unforeseen issues and process changes; planning for emerging business needs that result from new IT initiatives and pending food-related legislative changes; and identifying, evaluating, verifying, validating, and documenting food-related data and information repositories and databases.
RNSolutions developed a Web-based grants management application for ACF, called GrantSolutions.gov. It incorporates all 14 Grants Management Line of Business grant award processes for awarding agencies and recipients as well as extensive and flexible post-award reporting mechanisms. ACF awards over $46B annually for approximately 8,000 grants. The GrantSolutions Award module satisfies tens of thousands of well-documented requirements. It is integrated with three financial systems, CCR, and Grants.gov. A review of the different systems within the HHS agencies led to the selection of the ACF as one of two HHS Centers of Excellence (CoE) that all HHS grant programs would use for grants management support. In an effort to optimize and consolidate resources, the services of the ACF CoE were made available to agencies throughout the Federal Government. The AOA, the CMS, and IHS became the first CoE partners. The ACF COE has multiple customers within HHS including CMS, IHS, ASPR, ONC, and CCIIO, as well as agencies outside HHS, including divisions from Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury, Social Security Administration, and The Denali Commission. The wide adoption and replication of this web-based application is a testimony to the strong development discipline that is deeply ingrained in RNSolutions' culture. The ACF/Office of Information Services has received numerous awards as a direct result of the superior performance of the Grants Center of Excellence. The primary focus of our current contract with the ACF focuses on continued development, hosting, integration, and operational support.
Since 2008, RNSolutions has been providing NICHD development and support for the Institute's clinical trials database. Our clinical application software maintenance includes software lifecycle support, java architecture and application development support, software quality assurance, unit testing, load testing, integration testing, training, architecture and design, design updates, and Secure Sign In (SSI) support. We also perform Application Database and Java Architecture Support and Oracle Database Administration. As part of our protocol data management and reporting support, we employ backup/recovery procedures, ensure HIPAA and patient privacy, assist investigators with data extracts, implement business objects/Cognos reporting solutions, import existing data, extract and store data with data warehouse/data marts, implement medical dictionaries, and provide biomedical technology support.