Creating a Proposal for Your Research

Creating a research proposal is the first step that you should take when you want to pitch your project to the research administration: Johns Hopkins University Research Administration (JHURA) that supports the research and related activities of the Johns Hopkins University community through professional expertise, excellence in service, and comprehensive guidance. JHURA is responsible for sponsored projects administration for all JHU schools except for the School of Medicine. For the School of Medicine Research center, visit

JHURA reviews each proposal and the funding opportunity for accuracy, completeness and compliance with University and sponsor policies and procedures. Complex proposals, such as those which involve the use of human subjects, animals, subrecipients, or pose a possible conflict of interest should be started well in advance of the agency deadline. Departments should forward the program announcement, Request for Proposal (RFP), Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or other guidelines to JHURA as soon as they are available to expedite review.

In a Request for Quote (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP), Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Funding Opportunity Announcement, guidelines can be very detailed with specific forms accompanying proposal text. Often there are limitations for page length, type size, title length, and supporting documents.

Where there are no sponsor guidelines, JHURA has minimum requirements for ALL proposals. JHURA requires all of the following uploaded as separate documents at least 3 days prior to the due date.

For the list of all required documents, view the minimum requirements

To get help developing the budget for your research project, view Budget Development guidelines.

With any additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your departmental JHURA representative.

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