research proposal is a document proposing a research project, generally in the sciences or academia, and generally constitutes a request for sponsorship of that research. Proposals are evaluated on the cost and potential impact of the proposed research, and on the soundness of the proposed plan for carrying it out.

Research Proposals
These notes are aimed at helping students write an effective research proposal. The first part of the notes focuses on a process which you might find helpful when writing your proposal, while the second part includes an annotated example of a proposal. The annotated example aims to help you see in a concrete way what is expected in the different components of a research proposal. As with all general guides, you will need to work out how to adapt was is given here for the level of sophistication and structure required for your specific proposal.

The basic purposes of all research proposals are to convince the reader that:
(a) the research project has clear objectives;
(b) the research project is worth doing (it is significant / important in some sense and will make an original contribution to knowledge / understanding in the field)
(c) the proposed methods are suitable and feasible;
(d) there is a well thought through plan for achieving the research objectives in the available timeframe.

Content of good research proposal

1.  Cover page

2.  Title page

3.  Abstract

4.  Introduction

*Background of study

*Research objectives

*Research question

*Statement of problem

*Significance of study

*Limitation of study

5.  Literature review

6.  Material and Methods

*Data collection

*Methodology

7.  Expected output

8.  Work plan

9.  Budget plan

10. References