NOTES ON DRAFTING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL

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NOTES ON DRAFTING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL While there is considerable mysticism about research, actually it is nothing more than simply pursuing the answer to a specific question about a particular topic. In turn, a research proposal is primarily an action plan to find the answer. Whether your proposal is for a graduate committee, grant funds, a research permit, or some other purpose, basically you are selling an idea; that is, doing something that is interesting and important for others to invest in. It must also demonstrate that you are competent to successfully conduct the research. Accordingly, everything must be done to communicate as clearly, concisely, and convincingly as possible. The entire process is made far easier, and much more efficient and effective, if, at the very outset, you can identify as clearly and concisely as possible a question to pursue within a particular topic and/or area. That primary question may in turn be divided into several secondary questions, and those into tertiary questions. At some stage, one or more of these questions may be formally stated as hypotheses to actually test with data. Most research proposals include the following items, whether or not they are explicitly identified by subheadings. However, some authors, supervisors, granting agencies, and others may have their own specifications. Depending on the item, about two to four pages (typed, double-spaced) should be sufficient. About 15-20 pages are necessary for a solid proposal. Remember, the more a busy reviewer has to read, the less their interest and approbation! You have to strike a balance in providing information which is sufficient but not excessive. TITLE PAGE What is the topic? Who are the researchers and where are they located? On a separate title page are usually listed the title and subtitle of the research project; the name,
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course ANTH 444 taught by Professor Sponsel during the Spring '11 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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