What is a Research Proposal? - Components & Examples

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Instructor: Brianna Whiting
In this lesson, we will look at what it takes to write a research proposal. We'll look at questions to ask before beginning and the components that need to be included.

What is a Research Proposal?

There you are. You have a great idea that your company would benefit from, but there is just one problem. Your great idea requires funding, and it is up to you to convince your company why they should grant you the money needed. In order to do this, you immediately decide to write a research proposal.

So, let's take a look at what a research proposal is. When someone is interested in obtaining support for research, they often write a research proposal. These proposals are intended to convince people that your ideas and projects are important. They strive to explain how you can satisfactorily complete the project. A research proposal needs to let people know why the project is a good and/or needed idea and that you understand what information and studies are already out there. Keep in mind that the way the proposal is written is also important, as grammar, structure, and content can make a difference in whether or not the proposal is accepted or rejected.

While conducting a proposal, several questions need to be answered so that those you hope will support your research, understand the significance and reason behind your work.

The following are some important questions to answer:

  • What are you going to do?
  • How much money do you need to complete your project?
  • How long will it take?
  • Why do you feel the project will help or benefit the sponsors?
  • Why are you the one for the job?
  • What are your qualifications?
  • What will you do with the results?

Components of a Proposal

Let's now take a look at some of the important components of a research proposal.

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