Research Proposals

HUD's authority to accept unsolicited proposals for research partnerships expired on 12/31/2020. HUD is actively working to publish a Federal Register notice to provide ongoing authority to accept unsolicited proposals for research partnerships. More information is available on the "Potential and Upcoming NOFOs (UNOFFICIAL)" tab available at:

Proposals must contain sufficient information for PD&R to identify whether the research would meet statutory requirements for cost sharing and alignment with the research priorities identified in Section II of this Notice. At a minimum, proposals must include:

  1. Proposal Abstract. Applicants must include a Proposal Abstract or cover page with the project title, the names and affiliations of all investigators, a summary of the objectives, study design and expected results, and the total amount of funds requested.
  2. Points of Contact. Applicants clearly identify the name of the entity(s) submitting the proposal and provide detailed contact information for the point of contact;
  3. Key Personnel. Applicants must provide information on key personnel/principal staff that will be engaged with the project. HUD will assess the qualifications of key personnel to carry out the proposed study as evidenced by academic and professional background, publications, and recent (within the past 5 years) research experience. Each resume shall not exceed three pages and is limited to information that is relevant in assessing the qualifications and experience of key personnel to conduct and/or manage the proposed study. The proposed Principal Investigator must directly represent and be compensated directly by the applicant for his or her role in the proposed study. Publications and/or research experience are considered relevant if they required the acquisition and use of knowledge and skills that can be applied in the planning and execution of the technical study that is proposed.
  4. Research Proposal Description. Applicants must provide a clear description of the research project, including the methodology being used, and its alignment with PD&R research priorities and HUD’s Strategic Plan. The proposal description should include the following specific components:
    1. A clear and thorough description of the proposed study, its data sources and design, and its major objectives;
    2. A presentation of the research as a logical sequence of steps or phases, with individual tasks described for each phase;
    3. A summary of relevant literature, including thorough citations. Your proposed study will be judged in part on the soundness of the underlying body of research upon which it is based and the clarity and soundness of your summary and interpretation of this research base;
    4. A description of the methodological and statistical basis for your study design, and a demonstration that you would have adequate statistical power to test your stated hypotheses and achieve your study objectives;
    5. A discussion of plans for data management, analysis, and archiving;
    6. Identification of any important “decision points” in your study plan;
    7. A list and description of deliverables, such as draft and final reports, and associated timeframes; and
    8. A demonstration that it is clearly feasible to complete the study within the proposed period of performance and achieve your objectives.
    9. Budget. Applicants must provide detailed sources and uses of the budget with line items that show the amount of the HUD funding and the contributions of any partners (cost sharing component) and/or the submitting institution. HUD strongly encourages using form HUD–424CBW to detail your budget request. The form is available at: Proposals for research partnerships that have already been submitted to HUD as part of a grant competition are not eligible for a non-competitive cooperative agreement.
    10. Certification by Offeror: To ensure that an offeror’s contacts with agency employees do not exceed the limits of acceptable preliminary contacts and therefore result in an unfair advantage, its unsolicited proposal must include certification by offeror.