Always check your university or grant-awarding body’s guidelines to make sure that you’ve included all the necessary information, and that this is in the required format.
It is extremely annoying to have something rejected, or have to rewrite it because of a formality like the font size.
Frame it as a question that you could ask somebody: good research questions often begin with asking words like who, what, when, where, why, how, and how much.
Once you have brainstormed several questions related to your topic, look at each one individually against the following checklist of considerations.
Your outline methodology should explain: This section is designed to show that you know what you’re going to do, and why.
It will also serve to show whether you’re trying to do too much/too little, which your supervisor should point out to you at an early stage.Your research proposal may be a part of your dissertation, submitted in advance, or submitted as a separate piece of work.You may also be required to write a research proposal as part of a grant application.Your research question(s) should be ones that have not been fully answered in previous research so that you are adding to the literature.However, you want your literature review to have at least something to report, so an area where there is already plenty of research is better than a completely new topic.By the time you have finished developing your research question(s), they should be tight and carefully defined, including a clear idea of the sector or area of study, study population, and what someone will know after reading your research.Once you have a topic, and research question(s), then you can decide on a title, which should broadly cover your research question(s) and summarise what you are going to do.Any study involving human or animal subjects will need ethical approval, which will usually be from the university’s ethics committee.There is likely to be a standard form to complete, which you may need to submit as part of your research proposal.If you are submitting a grant application, or research proposal to a university, you will probably have a maximum word count or be given an acceptable word count range. If the maximum is 2000 words, and you’ve written 500, you probably haven’t provided enough detail.On the other hand, if you’ve written twice as much as expected, then you’ll need to cut it down considerably.