Warning: the 45 minutes are only for WRITING the proposal. Because doing all the necessary reading is a different thing.
If you’ve already chosen a good topic and read a good deal of academic materials, set your timer. Here we’ll show you how to write a research proposal that rocks and format it appropriately.
The Sections of the Proposal – 30 MinutesThe length of the proposal depends on your topic and requirements of the chosen institution. The main purpose of writing a research proposal:
- gain the readers’ attention;
- to show why a particular topic is important;
- to discuss how you are going to address it.
Context: What area will your research address? Indicate the subject matter briefly and quickly.
Question: What specific issues or aspects will your study address?
Significance: Why is this specific topic important? What will we learn from it?
*Note that only one or two sentences would be usually enough to answer any of the questions above.
Existing knowledge: What the most reputable studies in the field say about his topic? (Better if the contradicting views are considered).
Gap in literature: Why will your research say something new on the topic?
Research Question in DetailJust in case this point in academic proposal writing puzzles you, feel free to use any of the following most common formulas:
Is there a positive (negative) relationship between the phenomena?
Does X affect Y?
Does X cause Y?
What is the prevalence of X among the Y population?
Does X have effects on Y?
Brief overview: What approach are you going to use to investigate the question? What’s your logic for collecting and interpreting the data?
Data collection – analysis – interpretation: It might be reasonable to include the table with time frames for your study into this section.
Possible Outcomes: Try to predict the possible outcomes of your research, both which could prove or disapprove your hypotheses.
Significance: Just a few more words on the significance of the study could be a perfect concluding note for writing a research proposal that wins attention and appreciation.
Formatting and Proofreading – 15 Minutes
Bonus Tips and Tricks
- Read a lot of literature related to your topic.
- Start making notes as soon as you start your investigation.
- Give time frames, not exact dates for the particular stages of investigation – try to keep it flexible.