As funding for research grows increasingly competitive, La Trobe University is deploying a first of its kind Salesforce solution to streamline its entire grant and research management practice. La Trobe is breaking from traditional legacy systems through the articulation of a research centric user experience. The aspiration is to create a contemporary solution that eventually encompasses the entire research management lifecycle, inclusive of, grant opportunities, research activity and progression, through to measurement of impact and success of research outcomes. AI and advanced analytics are envisioned to provide administrators and researchers with actionable insights and data to inform strategic investment decisions, success rates and individual research activity KPIs. The creation of this solution is a multi-year development for La Trobe leveraging a partnership with IBM/Bluewolf through execution of an innovative hybrid-agile project approach.