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To create, maintain and support the most robust electronic solution to manage all components of sponsored projects from proposal development through award closeout while fostering best practices by joining innovative technology with the knowledge base of a national consortium of research stakeholders.

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Coeus and the Consortium

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Coeus is an Electronic Research Administration system developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and named after the Greek Titan of Intelligence. Created to assist the research community in proposal development and pre- and post-award management, the purpose of the system is to standardize, and increase the efficiency of award acquisition and administration for all participants contributing to the research enterprise. With the introduction of its comprehensive proposal development module, Coeus was one of the first cradle-to-grave award management systems in the nation. The software makes it possible to prepare proposals, route them to obtain internal approvals, and submit them to sponsors electronically. The robust award module stores detailed information on awards, reporting requirements, terms and conditions, as well as the required approvals for the award. Complementary modules such as IRB, Person, Subcontract, Negotiation, Report Tracking and Conflict of Interest may be implemented for other important tasks in the research administration cycle.

Having achieved such remarkable success developing a comprehensive awards management system with a large user base and influence over Federal eRA policy, in FY 2006, MIT invited other universities to join a consortium that enables long-term sustainability as a shared resource rather than solely as an MIT licensed product. Fees, at varying levels from members of the new consortium, provide a long-term base of continuing community support for Coeus development and end the reliance on MIT as the single source of support for the system.


Given the Coeus track record over the past 11 years, it is no wonder that when Grants.gov was ready to create the system-to-system interface, they chose MIT and Coeus as their sole partner in developing that interface.