Writing Successful Science Proposals – A guide book to science proposal writing. It explains the steps of the proposal process in detail. It includes chapters on private foundation funding and interdisciplinary research, full of step-by-step exercises; written by Andrew J. Friedland and Carol L. Folt (2009)
Principles of a Good Research Proposal (PDF) – a short non-academic research proposal guide. It covers the most important aspects of writing a research proposal, giving some very clear guidelines and asking questions that help clarify your research goals.
Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals – a great book for beginners, to overcome the initial hurdles of writing a PhD proposal, by Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen Spirduso and Stephen J. Silverman (2007)
ISOS Proposal Tips – great research proposal writing tips, Salford Business School, University of Salford, Manchester, UK (2010)
Matthew McGranaghan’s Basic Guide – a “work in progress” explaining the basics for first-time research proposal writing students; by Matthew McGranaghan, University of Hawaii
Concise tips from the University of Lancaster – a one-page guidance, full of useful research proposal writing tips for a PhD application at the University of Lancaster, UK
The Monash University Guidelines – a one-page, short guideline overview from the Monash University, Australia
The Elements of a Proposal – a basic explanation of the structure of a research proposal by Frank Pajares, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Proposal Writer’s Guide – a practical, down-to-earth research proposal guide, intended for faculty members with little or no experience in writing proposals for sponsored research activities; by Don Thackrey, University of Michigan
The Outline of Intended Research of the University of Technology, Sydney (archived copy) – An Outline of Intended Research (OIR) is not the same as a research proposal. The OIR should be a document of about 2000 words, WITHOUT any specific details about the research. Its aim is to provide a “first glance” at 1) the background to the intended area of research (a quick overview of relevant literature a sound knowledge of past and recent work in the domain of interest), 2) a case for its significance and importance (Why does it matter? To whom? What use will it be?) and last but not least, 3) how the intended research fits with a research program in the Faculty.
Research proposal guidelines from the Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (.doc) – a short but practical guide, full of directly applicable structural suggestions; written by Katie Nimmo, Student Learning Support Service, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Proposal Preparation Guide (PDF) – a concise guide for writing a research proposal from Kent State University, 2010 (Download PDF)
The Study Guide of the Birmingham City University – a very useful source that really tells you how you should start writing your research proposal.
Beginners’ Guide to Grant Proposal Writing – Grant Proposal Writing Tips for Beginners and PhD applicants from the University of Calgary, Canada
Some Hints on Writing a Term Project Proposal (PDF) – A concise proposal writing tutorial full of useful tips for project proposal writing by Philip W. L. Fong, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2009 (Download PDF)
WU Wien Research Proposal Beispiel (PDF) – a basic two-page Research Proposal Information Brochure (“Infoblatt” in German) for doctoral students, from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration [Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien] (2010)
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