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Published on May 2, by Shona McCombes. Revised on December 8, The format of a research proposal varies between fields, but most proposals should contain at least these elements:. There may be some variation in how the sections are named or divided, but the overall goals are always the same. This article takes you through a basic research proposal template and explains what you need to include in each part.
Writing a research proposal requires clarity about which methodological, ethical and political questions need to be answered at each stage of research. This article presents a table of relevant questions that will assist in the planning of a robust research strategy. What will I be reporting? For what alternative explanations must I control?