A new mobile application developed at the University of Michigan provides a comprehensive lab management resource to principal investigators, enabling efficient utilization of federal grants. Funding for investigational laboratories in the United States continues to decrease due to budgetary constraints faced by key organizations including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DoD). For example, the sequestration resulted in a 5% cut in the NIH 2013 budget, losing $1.55 billion in research funding. This leads to a highly constrained and competitive environment in research universities and institutes, by directly affecting principal investigators’ hiring decisions, budgeting and ability to meet research goals.
Lab management app for cost-efficient and timely research
The app integrates information about the investigator’s grant resources and budgets together with specific reagent and equipment needs, and suggests alternative less expensive supplier and product options. Another key feature is the ability to enter important grant deadlines into the software, which creates specific experimental timelines to be followed in order to meet these deadlines. The app also facilitates easy collaboration of ideas and resources with local and global colleagues, by streamlining all important information through the Web. This technology provides the investigator and his/her lab personnel with an organized approach to staying on track with research goals and completing them in a cost-efficient manner.
- Efficient management of laboratory space, funding, and time
- Leapfrog using experimental data to plan for grant submissions
- Communicate with surrounding laboratories based solely on your experimental reagents and plan
- Single site for storage of all laboratory information
- Elimination of paper-based laboratory management
- Improved planning to sustain funding
- Improved communication with surrounding laboratories for collaboration and sharing of resources