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The following web sites offer excellent guidelines for grant proposal writing. Some include advice on letters of inquiry and sample proposals as well.
The exact format and requirements for a research proposal can vary slightly depending on the type of research being proposed and the specific demands of the institution you plan to submit your proposal to, but there are a few basics that are almost always needed. Overall, a good research proposal takes time to write and must identify what the proposed research will address and why the proposed research is so important. Here is a brief explanation of the sections needed to complete a standard research proposal as well as the writing timeline you should strive to follow.
This section of the site is designed as a practical guide to the proposal''s various parts, including theory , research question , research design , background & history , budgeting , and concepts & terminology. You should first look at the suggested timeline indicating many of the activities that you will need to undertake in preparing to submit your proposal on time. While you may compress or extend this timeline, remember, you cannot begin too early.
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