Suggested Format for a Research Proposal
- Motivation for the research
Overall research question
- Give context for your research question(s): why is this an important area to study?
- Provide references to the peer-reviewed scientific literature and if appropriate, policy documents.
Approach (methods, e.g. field experiments, economic surveys, meta-analysis of existing data, that you will employ to test the hypotheses laid out in part 3)
- What do you want to find out?
- What specific questions or hypotheses will you test in order to answer the overall question (be explicit about what these are)?
- What is the state of scientific knowledge in this area, and how will your research question advance that knowledge?
Anticipated results (based on your knowledge of related and previously conducted research in this area)
- What will you do to answer the overall research question?
- What data will you collect? Where will you do the research?
- What equipment or technical resources will you need?
- How long will the research take?
- How will you analyze and interpret your data?
Significance of the proposed research (to the scientific community and society)
- What do you predict that the results of your experiments, surveys, etc. will yield in terms of data? Why?
- Why are you excited about the proposed research, and why should the reader be as well?
- How does the proposed research relate to what has already been done in this area?
All course registration for BIOL 1950/1960 requires the completion of a PROPOSAL FORM that describes the project and its evaluation.