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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Research Proposals

How to Write Research Proposals for Grants and Other Funding Opportunities

What is a Research Proposal?

A research proposal is a short statement of reasons and methods for a specific study or course of research. It states the central claim that your research intends to address. Also, it contains a survey of the current state of research in your area and locates your study within this larger context. Typically, the methodology of a study is included. If the proposal contains a request for funding, then it must include necessary sections on timelines, budgets, and other logistical matters.  

The Grant Cycle

Other Helpful Skills

Polish some of the research skills that will be necessary for research, writing, and presentation across multiple academic disciplines.