WRITING A RESEARCHPROPOSAL
An Academic presentation by Dr. Nancy Agnes, Head, Technical
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Review of literature
Aims and objectives
Research design and method
OUTLINE Today's Discussion
Research proposal forms the backbone for the researchand its
objective is to obtain approvals from variouscommittees including
ethics committee and to request forgrants.
A proposal needs to show how the research fits into whatis
already known about the topic and what new paradigmwill it add to
It specifies the question that the research will answer,
establishes its significance, andthe implications of the
The proposal should convince the evaluation committee about the
credibility, andreproducibility of the research design.
A research proposal should be in a simple language for
non-specialists tocomprehend, without the use of jargons.
Title of the proposal, Name and affiliation of the researcher,
Institutional affiliation(Name of institution where the study will
be performed), Contact- phone numbers, orE-mail id's and Signature
of the investigator.
The cover page of a research proposal contains the
It is also termed as ‘need for study’ or ‘abstract’. It puts the
research in context.
The introduction is so designed as to create interest in the
reader about the topic andproposal.
It should convey to the reader, what necessitates the study in
addition to what has notbeen answered adequately in previous
research and how the proposed research wouldadd to knowledge in
REVIEW OF LITERATURE: It refers to all sources of evidence
pertaining to the topic.
Contents of the proposal are as follows:INTRODUCTION:
Every article reviewed is summarized in a paragraph.
The progression of review is from more general to the more
This section may also include supporting data, and
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Aim indicates what the researcher wishes to
achieve in the research.
It can be the hypothesis too.
The objectives relate to tools used to achieve the aim.
There could be primary and secondary objectives.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHOD: In this section, the methods and
sources used to conduct the research is discussed.
It also includes methodological approaches to gather
information, techniques to beused to analyze it and the tests of
The main components of this section are Population and sample,
Data collection,Strength and robustness of the research with
respect to its neutrality, consistency andapplicability.
CITATION: It refers to all references cited in the research