Proposal Development

Preparing a Proposal

University Research Administration formally submits proposals on behalf of the University of Chicago for investigators, research projects, and units within the University. The proposal process varies and depends on your particular location within a division, school or department within the University. Generally, local administrators work with faculty to prepare proposals and route them for appropriate sign-offs. They may then be sent for review to a central divisional unit/office or individual.

Local administrators should follow the respective business rules within the Biological Sciences Division, the Physical Sciences Division, the Social Sciences Division, and the Humanities Division. Many schools, units, and programs have administrators who work directly with URA Staff. URA gives the proposal a final review and provides institutional endorsement prior to submission to a potential sponsor.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the URA Manager assigned to your department, contact information available on Contacts by Department page. 

URA Support During Proposal Development

Your URA Pre-Award Research Administrator is an excellent resource during the proposal development process. Should you have questions regarding the proposal or pre-award process, agency policies/guidelines, institutional requirements or special requirements, then please reach out to your Pre-Award Research Administrator for additional guidance. We are here to help!

Submitting a Proposal

Proposal applications being prepared by faculty members and their support staff must first be reviewed and approved at the department level.  This approval usually comes from the department Executive Administrator or Chairperson, but may also include the respective Divisional Deans depending on the scope of work being proposed. After these approvals have been properly captured, the proposal may be forwarded to the University Research Administration (URA) Pre-Award Administrator to obtain institutional review, approval and endorsement for submission to the funding agency.