Proposal Research Paper – The Process
Proposal research paper is a document describing a study, usually in academia or the sciences, and usually comprises a proposal for funding of the research being conducted. The most commonly used research papers in this field comprise a proposal for a grant, but sometimes proposals are also prepared for a fellowship. Proposals are first reviewed on their merits, on both the financial side and the implications of the study for the research being carried out.
Propositions are written in terms of what you know and what you believe. It is therefore necessary to clearly state your knowledge and your position as it applies to the research being planned. Your knowledge will also need to be precise. However, once you have established the details of your study and have presented them in a satisfactory manner, your advisor may be prepared to proceed to the second phase of the process – a discussion with the sponsor.
It is usual for the sponsor to discuss the feasibility and necessity of carrying out the study, particularly if you have provided a detailed account of your study and how it will benefit the sponsor. There is nothing to stop the sponsor from proposing additional data, a change of methods or even a more detailed research plan. If, however, the sponsor is unwilling to fund the proposal, he should indicate this to the advisor and the funding agency. There is no point in wasting your time by submitting a proposal that is not likely to attract any interest, especially if there is little chance that the funding agency will be prepared to fund it. In some cases the study could be delayed indefinitely if you do not make the necessary arrangements.
The review phase of the research grant proposal will involve both you and your advisor, along with the adviser’s supervisor. The reviewer will examine the proposal for clarity of exposition, will question your supervisor about the assumptions underlying the work and conclusions you draw, will evaluate the design, execution, and results of the study, and will review the supporting data and the procedures you followed in carrying out the study.
This step requires the sponsor’s view of your paper. In most cases the sponsor will present you with a written report summarizing his analysis of your paper, but at the same time he will ask for your views on important points, especially the design of the study. You should take this opportunity to offer your own suggestions about the design of the study but do so in a positive tone.
The review phase of your proposal usually takes two or three months. At this stage the reviewer will send you a final report on which conclusions he has reached and will be prepared in writing. The review process can be difficult if you are unable to present your ideas in an appropriate and convincing manner, but if you follow the instructions laid down by the sponsor you will do well.
The next stage of the research process is called the “review and approval” stage of your study and is supervised by the funding agency. Your proposal will be examined closely and the author must submit additional data and documents if required. Once the review phase is complete, you are required to submit the necessary paperwork and the appropriate forms to the sponsor and he will either accept or reject your proposal.
The reviewers, who will be examining your proposal for review are usually those members of the committee appointed by the sponsor. The sponsor’s committee can be made up of individuals selected by him, in accordance with his criteria. At the end of the review period you will receive an announcement of acceptance or rejection, but sometimes the sponsor may reject your proposal without further review.