Hey, no problem ! Please feel free to poke about and do things - it's my job to make sure this stays a civilised place to discuss
This seems to be quite the topic of discussion... There's a clear need for a CRIS at most institutes, and I'm curious about how that will develop. I'm sure you're in touch with the right people. Have a look about in the users section of the forum - you might be surprised who's registered here.
My interest is developing some re-usable bits of infrastructure, and addressing the usage or measurement thereof, of data products deposited in repositories. I was quite inspired, as I originally mentioned, by the feature in Zenodo, where you could reference the object's funding sources
This is the only place I've seen the link between grants and research objects so far. My understanding is that it exists thanks to OpenAIRE, who have a database of projects funded by the European Commission.
While we do not have OpenAIRE, I would be very surprised if we (NRF, DST) didn't have a funded projects database. It seems that this should indeed fall under the NRF's own Open Access Mandate (if you're going to insist on Open Data, then ... open your data !). But clearly it's not linked to any repository deposit workflows. I wouldn't be surprised either if the data was "dirty" - in several disparate databases, with varying schema , etc.
All we really need though is to extract the grant number or project name, and have distributed or accessible to participating repos.
The best case scenario, as I see it would be some telemetry on repos whereby they talk back to the funder to say that "project so-and-so was referenced when this object (doi) was deposited at this repository (oai-pmh endpoint)". That way they have all the data they need, already up to date, when it comes time at the year end to report.
Do you think such a thing would be feasible ?