A research proposal is a document proposing a research project, usually in the sciences or academic fields, which requests funding/sponsorship for that research project.
“They are used to persuade potential supervisors and funders that your work is worthy of their support” – Prospects
The main objective should be to convince others that you have a worthwhile research project and that you have the competence and the work-plan to complete it.
It should always clearly state the central issue or question that you intend to address through your research and outline the general area of research.
It should contain a brief review of available literature, knowledge sources and debates on the topic to demonstrate the originality of the proposed research.
It’s important to avoid unsupported subjective arguments and don’t assume that the reader will be intimately familiar with the subject.
Use this ‘Research Proposal Example’ checklist alongside the proposal document you are planning to submit, to make sure it contains all the right information, is structured and coherent, and displays the facts in an interesting and engaging way.
Create a checklist template and run individual checklists for each member of your team. You can check tasks off as you work through them, set deadlines, add approvals, assign tasks, and track each team member’s progress.