The exact format and requirements for a research proposal can vary slightly depending on the type of research being proposed and the specific demands of the institution you plan to submit your proposal to, but there are a few basics that are almost always needed. Overall, a good research proposal takes time to write and must identify what the proposed research will address and why the proposed research is so important. Here is a brief explanation of the sections needed to complete a standard research proposal as well as the writing timeline you should strive to follow.
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a carefully designed, well reasoned proposal will overcome these common pitfalls. It also represents and important credibility statement about the investigator.
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Scholars and scientists write research proposals to get funding for their original research. These succinct proposals explain in depth why the project is worth pursuing and funding. For students, the goal of a research proposal is to convince your teacher or mentor that you have an original project that is worth researching. There is no one way to write a research proposal, but most proposals have similar criteria.
Your topic should be original and relevant to the class for which you are writing the paper. It should interest you and be appropriate for the specific assignment your teacher has given you. Review several sources of information about your topic and choose an angle that has not been written about.
Key components are:
• A description of the research problem.
• An argument as to why that problem is important.
• A review of literature relevant to the research problem.
• A description of the proposed research methodology.
• A description of how the research findings will be used and/or disseminated.