Structure of a Research Proposal
The following list offers you an idea of how a research proposal could be structured.
The title should make very clear what the research is about.
Context of the Research Project
- What is the state-of-the-art in the field?
- Why is your project relevant?
- How does your project relate to the work of other scientists in the field?
- What is the research question that you would like to answer?
Research Question (in detail) and Working Hypotheses
- What do you want to find out?
- What could the results of your research look like?
Research Approach and Methods
- How do you intend to answer your research question?
- Which theoretical framework are you going to apply?
- How do you want to gather data (experiments, randomized controlled trials, surveys, etc.)?
- How do you want to analyse the data?
Potential Technical, Financial or Ethical Problems with Your Research
How much time will you need for the individual steps of the project?
- Will the dissertation be paper-based or a monograph?
- Will there be additional publications?
A list of the most important literature your research will be based on.