From The Vault: Clear Up Your COEUS Proposal Type Confusion

[Occasionally, we like to revisit posts from days gone by that either (1) are always relevant, or (2) are the subject of recent questions received by our office.  Given the regular questions we receive about using COEUS, we thought it would be helpful to provide a brief explanation of the various proposal types.]

[Originally published March 22, 2012.]

As you’ve probably surmised by now, we have a love-hate relationship with COEUS, to the point where it is a regular subject on our corner of the internet.  While a vitally important cog in the pre-award process, it’s caused its fair share of gray hairs and “expletive deleted”s along the way.
One of the most confusing aspects of the program is the selection of Proposal Type, which determines work flow, submission requirements, and institutional reporting.  An incorrect proposal type creates a great deal of extra work down the road, and inaccurately reflects the financial status at the University.
So, as our gift to you, our loyal readers, we’ve come up with the below COEUS Proposal Type Decision Tree, which can be used by all JHU schools.  (If you are at another University that uses COEUS, you can send this chart to your research administration office and see if they can tailor it for your institution.)
We believe that this should help eliminate a majority of the issues that arise when creating proposals, but feel free to contact us if you have any residual questions or concerns.  And kudos to Gene Rutherford, JHU RPA, for creating this useful tool!

Clear Up Your COEUS Proposal Type Confusion