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Electronic Research Administration (eRA)

Electronic Research Administration (eRA) is a method of conducting research administration in an online, paperless environment. Many research sponsors, including the federal government, have moved from paper application and award management processes to online, paperless systems that require secure log-ins and institutional registrations. These advances in research administration technology help to streamline the proposal submission process as well as keep proprietary information safer than ever.

Drexel is currently implementing the Coeus eRA system in order to standardize processes with Pre-Award and Post-Award modules designed to assist Drexel’s research community with proposal development, tracking submitted proposals, and streamlining award acquisition and management. Future modules will include IRB, Subcontracts, Negotiations, and Conflict of Interest.

Coeus Lite

The multi-module software system used for Proposal Development, Award Management, and many other aspects of Drexel’s Research Administration. Go to Coeus Website.

Sponsor eRA Portals

  • is the single access point for grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies. Use this link to search for federal funding opportunities. Office of Research is already registered with for proposal submission.  You do not need to register in order to access solicitations or prepare and submit proposals.  Contact your pre-award administrator for more information or assistance.

  • Fastlane

    FastLane is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) online website portal through which researchers and potential researchers, reviewers, research administrators and their organizations can prepare and submit proposals and reports, and present results to their NSF Program Officials.

  •  eRA Commons

    NIH portal to check proposal submission status, view/print award notices, and prepare ESNAP reports. Also used by AHRQ, CDC, and SAMHSA.


    NASA Grants portal to search for solicitation, submit proposals, prepare reports and present results.

  • FedBizOpps

    Federal contracting opportunities

  • Community of Science

    Community of Science (COS) is a collection of online databases, through which researchers can search funding opportunities, identify experts and collaborators worldwide, and promote their own research. Drexel’s subscription to COS provides researchers in all disciplines (including the social sciences and humanities) with online access to an international network of 500,000 peers at 1,600 institutions in more than 125 countries. Contact your Drexel Liaison Librarian for assistance with setting up your online COS profile and start searching today.

  • ProposalCENTRAL

    e-Grant website shared by many non-profit and private grant-making organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.