Kuali Coeus (KC) for Research Administration is a comprehensive system to manage the complexities of research administration needs from the faculty researcher through grants administration to federal funding agencies. Named after the Greek titan of intelligence, Coeus was developed in the 90’s by MIT to assist the research community in proposal development, log and track submitted proposals, and streamline award acquisition and management.
The Kuali Foundation announced Kuali Coeus in July 2008 as the first release in its planned set of open source research administration tools. The initial Kuali Coeus team included the Coeus Consortium, Colorado State University, Cornell University and the Weill Medical College, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Arizona, and the University of California, Davis. At present, there are 18 KC sustaining partners and 24 KC basic partners.
Kuali Foundation Community Members pool resources to develop and sustain many of the software systems needed for higher education. They do this to reduce costs and get systems that better fit their needs. They freely share their work with the world as that fits the public service mission of colleges and universities.
The Kuali Foundation was formed in August 2004 with the goal to create a financial system that was built by higher education, for higher education. It is a growing community of universities, colleges, businesses, and other organizations partnering to build and sustain open-source software. The initial members included Indiana University, The University of Hawaii, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and rSmart. Its purpose is to coordinate the development of free/open source administrative software distributed under the Educational Community License (ECL). At present, the foundation consists of 72 members.
Kuali software is designed for all sizes of institutions, from land-grant research universities to community colleges. The foundation is now home to eight projects (Financial, Research Administration, Student, HR/Payroll, Middleware/Workflow/Identity, Library, Business Continuity Planning, and Mobile) that are in varying stages of maturity. The latest project is Kuali Mobility, an enterprise mobile device framework.