Brandeis University and the California Institute of Technology select Huron Consulting Group's efacs F&A Solution

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced that two research institutions – Brandeis University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – are implementing its web-based efacs® (electronic facilities and administrative cost system) solution. Both institutions will use Huron’s efacs solution and expertise to calculate those facilities and administrative (F&A) cost rates associated with the research effort.

“Huron’s efacs provides us with an intuitive, easy-to-use solution to address the complex cost accounting involved in the calculation of the F&A rate,” said Ginger Baker, senior director, Cost Studies and Property Services, California Institute of Technology.

“The prospect of streamlined F&A processes for system users and optimized cost reimbursement from external sponsors was what primarily attracted us to the Huron solution,” said Chris O’Brien, vice president of financial affairs and university treasurer, Brandeis University.

Both Brandeis and Caltech have chosen to have Huron host the solution in a private cloud rather than maintaining it in-house. Huron’s efacs clients have the option to choose either approach and can switch from one to the other as their requirements change.

“Having the ability to host the solution at a secure, high performance site was an added benefit, minimizing the impact on our busy IT resources,” said Caltech’s Baker.

Since its launch in 2011, Huron’s efacs solution has been helping institutions optimize reimbursements from external sponsors to support the research enterprise. The solution takes into account the specific needs of universities and academic medical centers (AMCs) that require a sophisticated tool to measure, track, and ultimately improve the recovery of their F&A costs. Institutions can install the solution on site or in the cloud. Working with an institution’s existing system, Huron’s efacs solution does not require expensive maintenance or complex setup.

“We are pleased to see the rapid market adoption of our efacs solution. More than 30 institutions have used Huron’s efacs software to streamline the calculation of F&A cost rates,” said Jim Carter, managing director, Huron Education. “Our clients recognize that efacs makes negotiating favorable rates easier.”

About Brandeis University

Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country. Named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college and is ranked in the top tier of the nation’s universities. For students, that means unsurpassed access — both in and out of the classroom — to a faculty renowned for groundbreaking research, scholarship and artistic output. At Brandeis, professors bring newly minted knowledge straight from the field or lab to the graduate and undergraduate classrooms. Brandeis supports an innovative and exciting program of learning that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems.

About California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, recognized for its outstanding faculty and highly select student body of 900 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate students. Since 1923, Caltech faculty and alumni have garnered 33 Nobel Prizes and seven Crafoord Prizes. In addition to its prestigious on-campus research programs, Caltech operates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the W. M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, the Palomar Observatory, and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Caltech is a private university in Pasadena, California. For more information, visit http://www.caltech.edu.

About Huron Research Software Solutions

Huron’s research software solutions include a comprehensive portfolio of applications designed to make the management of sponsored research easier and more compliant with governing regulations. With particular focus on improving the business processes that support growing research enterprises, our solutions consist of ecrt® effort reporting software; efacs® software for facilities and administrative (F&A) cost rate management; and Click® Portal solutions for grants management, conflict of interest, human and animal research oversight, clinical trials, and other research areas. Huron Education’s professionals have worked with more than 90 of the top 100 research universities in the U.S. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com/ResearchSoftware or follow us on Twitter: @Huron.

About Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group helps clients in diverse industries improve performance, reduce costs, leverage technology, process and review large amounts of complex data, address regulatory changes, recover from distress and stimulate growth. Our professionals employ their expertise in administration, management, finance, operations, strategy and technology to provide our clients with specialized analyses and customized advice and solutions that are tailored to address each client's particular challenges and opportunities to deliver sustainable and measurable results. The Company provides consulting services to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including healthcare organizations, leading academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities and law firms. Huron has worked with more than 90 of the top 100 research universities, more than 400 corporate general counsel, and more than 385 hospitals and academic medical centers. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com