Last Tuesday, the School of Medicine submitted its
first system-to-system grant proposal using Coeus, Johns
Hopkins' new grants proposal and submission software.
The result? "Coeus performed its job successfully,"
said Tim Schleicher, the HopkinsOne
Sponsored Projects team lead. "This is a huge milestone for
The school submitted the proposal through its Office
of Research Administration using Grants.gov, a Web site portal
to 26 federal grant-awarding agencies.
"There were a few of the usual warning messages that
people get but no showstoppers, and the proposal made it
through to the agency [the National Institutes of Health],"
Michele Heffler, a research services analyst in the
Department of Pediatrics, submitted the proposal on behalf
of Neeraj Vij, a research associate investigating the role
of a protein named VCP as a therapeutic target in cystic
"It was troublesome at first just because everything
was new," Heffler said of the process, "but after I got
past that initial frustration, I discovered that it was
definitely easier than a paper submission. You can just
click and upload, and it puts everything in order. Once I
got through it, it seemed pretty easy, and it will
definitely be an improvement in the long run."
Heffler started working on grants about 20 years ago,
"and things have changed dramatically since then," she
said. "I definitely wouldn't want to go back to the old
days of working on typewriters and pulling all-nighters at