Panda Tip: While this document has the form of a sample, the main body of an academic proposal needs to be based on your research idea: all the rest of the content needs to flow from that if it is to be academically credible.
This is the section that requires the most preliminary research: make sure you spend some time in an academic library and using search engines for relevant academic papers before presenting this.
You do not need to discuss every work in your area, but you need to present a competent outline, and, especially if this is a proposal for doctoral research, you need to be sure that no-one else has already done the same project.
This is where you sell your research proposal to the reader.
You need to explain, clearly and simply, how your research will complement the field you have just described in your literature review: what you will add, how it fills an existing gap, why the academic world would benefit from your research, etc.
Often, the less ‘filler’ in an academic proposal, the better, as this means it is clear to your readers that your work is content-oriented.
Often, the title of a subsection will be enough to introduce it. Panda Tip: From here onwards, this sample is split into 13 sections according to the sections that should be included in an academic research proposal.Example Naturally, the scope of this project is limited. It also will help you to know the scale of your work in the preliminary stages of planning, and help you to have realistic expectations of yourself.Panda Tip: The reference list should always begin on a new page.Each section includes example notes and guidance on the suggested length and content.Some sections also include suggested content templates to be filled in, but given the nature of a research proposal as academic, this can unfortunately only be limited.subsections of the literature review could be numbered 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, etc. Unlike the abstract, this is not a summary of everything you are about to say: you can afford to grab your readers’ attention.Make a surprise beginning, perhaps a quote from someone who inspires you on this topic, and show your knowledge of the research area (include if you like your previous research experience in this field: you can afford to be personal in this section) and why it is relevant to today’s world.Panda Tip: Please note that the nature of a research proposal will vary depending on your specific audience.If, for example, you are addressing only academics in your precise field, you can be quite specific about your area of study and assume a high degree of existing knowledge.Panda Tip: One sentence for each question/assertion.This is really part of the ‘notion of original research’ section. State whether you will plan to use different methods of data collection, and if so what they will be. Will you be using qualitative or quantitative collection of data?