Research Proposals


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The main aim of a research proposal is to present and justify the need to study a particular research problem and to present a practical way of conducting the proposed study. The design procedure and design elements for carrying out the research are often governed by ideals within the predominant discipline within which the research problem resides. As such, the guidelines for writing research proposals are more exacting and less formal when compared to those for writing the general project proposal. Research propose comprises of extensive literature reviews. They must be able to offer convincing evidence with the requirements of the academic or professional field as well as a statement on the projected outcomes/results/benefits derived from the completion of the study.

Structure of a Research Proposal

  1. Title
  2. Abstract
  3. Introduction
  4. Background and significance of the study
  5. Literature review
  6. Research design and methods
  7. Preliminary suppositions and implication
  8. Conclusion
  9. Citations (bibliography or references)