Coeus was originally created by MIT for use in their own Office of Sponsored Research in the mid-late nineties. It began as a post-award module and soon added a comprehensive proposal development module, making it one of the first "cradle-to-grave" award management tools in the nation. Since its inception, several universities all over the country have licensed the software, many doing in-house customizations and using Coeus only for certain functions.

In developing Coeus, MIT has relied on input from these other institutions. As a result of this close relationship, Coeus today is an extremely comprehensive and flexible system designed specifically for research management at universities based on direct feedback from the people who use it every day.

Purdue was among the first to adopt Coeus, in 2001, and remains one of the heaviest users of the software today. For the first few years, it was used almost exclusively as a processing tool for creating budgets, and we made many of our own modifications to the system. Starting in July 2006, however, Coeus became a record management system for all pre-award activity, so all university proposal reporting comes from Coeus, and it is set up to interface with SAP for grants management in a number of different ways.

The fall of 2009 marks another great leap ahead for Purdue University in the use and functionality of the Coeus application. The implementation of the Coeus 4.3 series will provide the ability to utilize the System-to-System functionaltiy that will allow actual proposal submission to Grants.gov without the necessity of downloading and completing an online package. This version of Coeus will also for the first time provide factulty access to the system and be capable to take the first steps towards electronic routing of a proposal for Academic approvals within the Institution.

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