Our Product

BlackDackel is a professional solution for research costing and pricing

A detailed project budget is a central component of every research funding application. BlackDackel is a web-based solution for academics and finance administrators to capture your organisation’s project bids and budgets, calculate costs and expected funder contributions, and make all this available for collaboration, approval, submission, and analysis in real time.

Costing

Record a breakdown of all required resources such as staff, equipment, facilities, travel, consumables, and more, and automatically calculate the total costs and associated overhead expenses over the duration of the project, with the applicable charge-out and inflation rates, increments, currency conversions, and more.

Pricing

Use customizable funder rules and templates to obtain submitted costs and expected funder contributions.

Collaboration and Analysis

Collaborate with your academics in shaping their application for the best possible outcome, approve and monitor the costs of research projects incurred to the institution, and forecast key research income figures.

Design Pillars

User Experience

User experience is taken into account in every design decision. Ease of use and sensible defaults promote adoption while high performance and smart controls boost users' productivity.

Integration

The flexible integration framework allows for standard bulk data exchange with other corporate systems as well as for advanced real-time integration and control scenarios through webservices.

Standardisation

Our standardised product approach reduces costs, risks, and timelines for clients, ensures a future-proof product, and avoids the vendor lock-in of customised solutions.

Features

Costing

Cost calculation using full economic costing and other methodologies

Pricing

Calculation of eligible and recoverable costs based on flexible pricing templates

Custom Rules

Fully configurable rule sets to model instititional and funder pricing policies

Multi-Everything

Support for multi-contract, multi-funder, multi-department, multi-partner bids

Staff Costing

Accurate modeling including increments, inflation, insurances, supplements, and more

Facilities

Facility and equipment management including charge-out rates and lifecycle support

Scenario Modeling

Cost outlines and scenarios for iterative bid preparation and optimisation

Foreign Currencies

Currency conversion support using real-time rate lookup, configured rates, and ad-hoc overrides

Policy Validation

Bid policies and automated validation including configurable waiver workflows

Workflows

BPMN process engine with support for conditional and parallel review and approval workflows

Funder Management

Funder management including due diligence and lifecycle support

Documents

Management of application documentation alongside projects and budgets

Access Control

Granular permission management and configurable data views for safe access across roles and departments

Reporting

Aggregate and breakdown reports galore, for academics, funders, and administration

Integration

Synchronisation and integration with internal and external systems

Submission

Export of budgets in funder submission formats

Clients

Logo University of Manchester
Logo Queen's University Belfast

Contact Us

Contact Details

Hasenberglstrasse 26, 80935 Munich, Germany
+49 6084 9591031