RESEARCH-PROPOSAL WRITING


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         Workshop on Preparing Research Proposals                                             Printable Version PDF

Workshop on Preparing Research Proposals” organized by
Office of Dean, Faculty of Sciences,
University of Karachi on
Saturday, August 16, 2008

 
Number of Pages: 2-3 (Short Proposal)
Number of Pages: 10-15 (Complete Proposal)

The PAGE LIMIT must be followed, to letter,
for Short Proposal.  For Complete Proposals,
however, there may be room for flexibility, to some extent.


The pre-requisite for a successful proposal is a GOOD PLAN OF ACTION.

The Hierarchy should be, somewhat, like the following (it is NOT necessary that all the following should be part of the Short Proposal; they are, however, ESSENTIAL for the Complete Proposal):

a)

Classification

Top secret

Secret

Classified

Unrestricted distribution

b)

Title

c)

Submitted to (give name of the recipient)

d)

Date of submission

e)

Reference (give diary number)

f)

Principal Investigator/Consultant (contact person)

g)

Paper mail (give address for correspondence)

h)

e-mail

i)

Telephone numbers (give home and office phone numbers)

j)

Fax number

k)

Co-Investigator(s)

l)

Introduction

Background of the problem

Significance of the problem

Need for solution

m)

Statement of the problem

n)

Feasibility

o)

Proposed solution

Product

Service

p)

Methodology

Collection of data

Modeling of data

Simulation of data

Analysis of simulated data

q)

Resources  

Necessary facilities (indicate, clearly, which facilities are available and which are requested)

Laboratories/Equipment

Scientists/Technicians

Literature

Network

Management structure (for larger projects)

r)

Costs

Breakdown of expenses into various heads and the total cost

Chart form

s)

Schedules

Breakdown of work accomplishment (various phases of the work-in-progress)

Chart form

Graphical form

Reports

Progress report (at the end of each phase)

Completion report (at the end of project)

t)

Benefits/Usefulness

 

u)

References

v)

Qualifications  

Short vitae (example) of team members:

Principal Investigator/Consultant

Co-Investigator(s)

The vitae should:

Justify team’s willingness and ability to do the job

Highlight previous projects of a similar nature completed successfully


In addition to above, one may wish to include Comprehensive List of Publications (Example PDF) and Research Synopsis (Example PDF).


If the proposal pertains to a study, one must mention “Target Population” and “Sampling Element”. There should be well-defined inclusion criteria. Names of all persons, who have contributed one way or the other in generating ideas and plans may be mentioned under the heading “Conceptual Development”. Persons, who provided copies of papers, reports, theses; directed to relevant literature; introduced to experts in the field should, definitely, be acknowledged. Students may wish to include names of “Study Supervisor” and “Study Advisor”.


Some points, mentioned above, are taken from Virtual University's Program telecast by STN. The speaker was SAIMA ASGHAR. A proposal template (PDF) is available. Also, proposals, which won Dean's Research Grants in 2005 (PDF) and 2007 (PDF) may be downloaded. Proforma to obtain Dean’s Research Grant for FY 2015-16, alongwith proposal template (word and PDF formats) is, also, placed on net.


Research organizations, like Higher Education Commission, NASA, National Science Foundation, the Third Word Academy of Sciences may have their own proposal formats. Please, check with the sponsoring agency for the proper format, before preparing a proposal. NASA, also, accepts student proposals.

One may, also, wish to review my article: Handling Industrial Projects


In addition to a strong proposal, you should, also, prepare (the author is indebted to Farook Khan for the first 2 of the following):

a) Concept Paper: 1-2 page description of the main concept and its implications on the society. Sample

b) NDA: If your idea is too novel, you may wish to have the other party sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

c) Presentations (Power Point/Flash + Posters): Power-point/flash presentation (3-4 slides for Short proposal;15-20 slides for Complete Proposal) describing the most important features of the proposal must be prepared and brought in at the time of interview, along with plain-paper printouts mounted as posters. Bring your own laptop (make sure the battery is fully charged), if you intend to show power-point/flash presentation. 2 backups (one on USB and the other on CD) should, also, be in your possession. Learn, beforehand, how to connect your laptop to multimedia projector and project the output on screen (fn + F4), open (double click Presentation Icon) and run (single click Ice-Cream Cup, which appears in the lower-left-hand corner of screen; to go to the “next slide”, press Page Down on the upper-right-hand corner of keyboard, to the “previous”, press Page Up) the presentation.
 
Keep the material arrangement on the posters and the power-point/flash presentation slightly different. In case, you have a chance to present both of them, the interviewer shall not be bored by duplication.

A typical presentation may consist of:

WHAT the proposal is about?

WHY the proposal is needed?

A clear statement and definition of the problem.

Benefits, usefulness, impact, policy change

HOW the proposal is to be conducted?

WHEN the end product is to be delivered?

Techniques, methods, logistics

Schedules

 

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