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Creating a Strong Research Proposal

A research proposal is the first step for performing any kind of research paper. A proposal is indispensable for the PhD students and masters if they wish to be labelled as qualified scholars. A proposal offers a brief overview of your research paper to the readers who come to know about the research that you will be doing along with its scope and work plan. Therefore, the key purpose of preparing a research proposal is to convey in brief about what you wish to do, why it needs to be done, how you will do so and what are the outcomes you are predicting from it. This means you need to mention the objective, background or literature review, design/methodology and the conclusion.

In order to write a strong research proposal, it is essential to take care of some points apart from including all the components of the basic structure. First, you must present the content coherently and clearly as only a clear and structured proposal scores better than an unclear one. Second, do not stick to create a very descriptive proposal because a lengthy summary does not necessarily indicate the comprehensiveness of your research. In fact, it shows that the research may not be good enough for approval.

Third, while you clearly state the objective in the beginning, it is vital to mention about how you will conduct your research in a brief but an all-inclusive way. It is vital to state the methods you plan to use along with the strategies you will be implementing, quite clearly. Fourth, keep in mind that the reader will evaluate your proposal largely based on the literature review, the section that reveals your knowledge on the context relevant to your research objective. Therefore, remembering the research objective, you need to cite your literature, its limitations, and your contribution towards it.

Fifth, the proposal should have intelligible fonts, spacious margins, and neat line spacing. This is essential to grab the reader’s attention. At the same time, do proofread the proposal before submitting it. This will ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes, critical omissions, and improper arrangements in your research proposal. By doing so, you increase your chances of creating a strong, positive impression on the reader who is then more likely to approve it. Lastly, ensure that you submit your paper before time to avert the probability of rejection due to late submission.