Research Applications and Services represents the collection of research-focused applications that RIS operates or supports for external customers. Each application might be considered a service unto itself, but we attempt to provide a common framework of abstraction such that some measure of consistency is associated with all applications.


RIS customers within WashU can receive technical support in the lifecycle of a given application, which might include the design, architecture, construction, deployment, and management of an application to serve the research mission of Washington University.

Supported Applications

Are you looking for software? Check out our installed, vetted, and supported applications pages for Docker containers with various software ready to go.

  • Globus – provides a secure, unified interface to your research data. Use Globus to ‘fire and forget’ high-performance data transfers between systems within and across organizations.
  • LabArchivescloud-based electronic lab notebooks.
  • REDCap – browser-based, metadata-driven EDC software and workflow methodology for designing clinical and translational research databases.
  • is a collaborative platform for developing, sharing, and publishing reproducible methods. It is meant to save researchers time and to increase recognition for method development work.
  • Nextflow widely used for its flexibility, scalability, and ease of use in managing and running complex analyses involving large datasets supporting Docker containers.
  • Qualtrics XM for Sensitive Data is a new tool to aid WashU’s research community, and survey creators who must request private or sensitive client data as part of their job.


ACCESS – is a program established and funded by the National Science Foundation to help researchers and educators, with or without supporting grants, to utilize the nation’s advanced computing systems and services – at no cost.