Writing a Research Proposal

All good research proposals, whether they're for an undergraduate Directed Studies project, a graduate thesis or term project, or to a granting agency for millions of dollars of research funds; and whether they represent work of an individual or of a large team, have some characteristics in common. Here are some tips on what I want to see in any research proposal that I am asked to evaluate.

1. Background

2. Goals

3. Milestones: what are the steps to get from Prior Work to your Goal?

4. Screw Points: milestones where if you cannot complete them successfully or on time, then you are screwed.

5. Deliverables: what tangible result will you deliver throughout and at the end of your project?

This might include: