This guide will aid you in writing a research proposal.
Research proposals are necessary for acquiring research grants. However, they are not written like typical essays. Research proposals require you to present multiple arguments. Firstly, they must demonstrate that your research problem is worthwhile. Secondly, they must argue that you can conduct the necessary research to solve it.
Before beginning to write a research proposal, make sure you have thoroughly read the application requirements. You should also determine what voice and terminology to use, considering your audience.
Research proposals have four main parts (listed below). However, not all research proposals will look exactly like this. It is important to structure your research proposal according to the application requirements.
Don't forget to include a well-formatted bibliography, and to cite any referenced information!
This article, on the U.S. National Library of Medicine's website, provides more in-depth information on writing research proposals.
1. Don't be shy of adding personal anecdotes. Research proposals are usually "sterile" texts, but it's okay to let through some personality. Oftentimes, a story can explain your interest in a research question.
2. Be concise. Research proposals are not research papers. It's important to be well-researched, but the approval committee may be tempted to skim-read an overly-lengthy proposal.
3. Pay attention to your bibliography. A good research proposal should draw from existing research, and cite it accordingly. Like grammatical errors, improper citations are unprofessional and they suggest that your proposal was rushed.