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An Effective Step-By-Step Tutorial On How To Write Research Paper Proposals


You know in order to get a research paper done and published you first have to submit a proposal which may or may not be accepted. So really, all your initial efforts should be concentrated on the initial proposal writing stage. Your proposal needs to be subjective, feasible, realistic and convincing if you want to get through to the next stage of paper writing.


What is a research proposal?

Research proposal is a short document comprising of your research project idea and an outline of your work plan to convince others that you have the relevant skills, scope, and competence to carry out the research successfully and come out with a concrete research paper.


Systematic Tutorial

  1. Before devising a proposal, you need to pick up a supervisor to support you through the proposal defense. In case your research requires fieldwork etc, your supervisor will prove beneficial to bring in investors or possible funding.
  2. Prepare a simple outline to structure your proposal. Remember that good ideas have been turned down in the past just because the proposals were poorly written. For a well-written proposal, you need to have some organization and linkage between the various components of the proposal.
  3. Introduce yourself, your team, and supervisor.
  4. Give an introduction of your field, area of specialization and the topic itself. You may include your thesis statement if you have one by now.
  5. Talk about how significant this research may prove to be if accepted and carried out successfully.
  6. Mention literature gap if any and try to highlight your role as a researcher to fill that gap through this project.
  7. Now you must give a brief reference of the past researches on the topic, discuss their findings, and set a scope for yourself.
  8. Mention your research methodology, data requirements, analytical tools, a game plan etc.
  9. Mention the possible results you expect to achieve through your research.
  10. Mention your budgetary constraints and other limitations, the time required t carry out the research.
  11. Prepare an appendix consisting of the bibliography, any questionnaires, or statistical charts that you may have used to back up your proposal.
  12. Format your proposals, proof read it and add a cover page with your names, the topic, and the date.