University of Southern California



TARA is USC’s “Total Access for Research Administration” system,
supporting management of research awards, proposals, core laboratories and regulatory protocols. TARA includes: Kuali Coeus (KC), diSClose, iStar, CORES, Financial Projection System (FiPS), Sophia and Effort Certification.

Status of TARA Update 1/12/15
TARA Project Stabilization 7/9/15

For any questions regarding USC TARA log ins, please contact the TARA help desk at or call 213-740-5857. For any other TARA-related questions, call 213-821-5461.

Log-in for: Kuali Coeus (KC) for award & proposal management

Log-in for: Kuali Financial System (KFS) for account management

Log-in for: Effort Certification

Log-in for: CORES for recharge center billing

Log-in for: Financial Projection System (FiPS) and TARA Reports

Log-in for: diSClose for conflict of interest disclosures

Log-in for: iStar for IRB

Log-in for: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Log-in for: Institutional Biosafety (IBC)

Log-in for: Radiation Safety

Log-in to Sophia for: Intellectual Property Management

Use Sophia to file an invention disclosure, request a material transfer agreement “MTA” or request a confidentiality agreement “CDA” related to technology transfer.

Log-in for: EH&S Assistant – Safety Management

Repository of radiological, chemical and fire safety information including chemical inventory, waste pick-ups, and inspection information.

OnCore Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS)

OnCore is a central repository for study-related information for clinical trials (including budgets, patient tracking, case reports), and a catalogue for materials stored in biorepositories. OnCore will be implemented at USC and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in 2015, and will be integrated with KC, KFS, iStar and Cerner Electronic Medical Records.