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We include this Abstract chapter template in every Proposal Pack, along with thousands more. You assemble this chapter with others in various combinations to create custom-tailored business proposals, plans, reports, and other documents. Proposal Packs apply custom visual designs to the templates, giving the final documents a consistent professional finish.


Overview of the Abstract Chapter

The Abstract chapter is a part of the Proposal Kit system, designed to summarize key aspects of a business proposal. Its primary role is to condense the critical elements of the proposal into a brief, clear segment that can be understood quickly by decision-makers, executives, or any gatekeepers who may have limited time to review the entire document. Understanding that this might be the only section they read, the Abstract must capture the essence of the proposal and persuasively.

How is the Abstract Chapter Used?

When used in a business proposal, the Abstract chapter is typically positioned at the beginning of the document. Its placement ensures that it catches the attention of the reader right away, providing a snapshot of what to expect in the detailed sections that follow. This chapter sets the tone and lays the groundwork for the proposal, highlighting the problem addressed, the solution proposed, and the benefits or outcomes expected from the proposal. It acts as a standalone summary that can influence the reader's perception and interest in the project.

What is Included in the Abstract Chapter?

The Abstract chapter includes several key elements:

  • Statement of the Problem: Briefly describes the issue or need that the proposal intends to address.
  • Proposed Solution: Outlines the main solution or the approach that will be taken to solve the problem.
  • Expected Outcomes: Summarizes the primary benefits or results that are anticipated from implementing the proposal.
  • Brief Overview of Methodology: Gives a snapshot of the methods or processes that will be used in the project.
  • Significance: Highlights the importance or value of the proposal to the reader or to the stakeholders.


Use Case Examples for the Abstract Chapter

The Abstract chapter can be used in various contexts within business proposals, including:

  • Research Proposals: Summarizing the hypothesis, methodology, and potential implications of the research.
  • Grant Applications: Providing a concise overview of the project goals, significance, and expected impact to convince funders.
  • Business Project Summaries: Giving a snapshot of project objectives, deliverables, and benefits in a corporate setting.
  • Investment Proposals: Highlighting the investment opportunity, projected returns, and importance for potential investors.
  • Policy Proposals: Outlining the purpose, anticipated outcomes, and importance of a policy change to decision-makers.


Key Takeaways

  • The Abstract chapter is crucial as it may be the only section read by some decision-makers.
  • It summarizes the entire proposal, providing a snapshot of the key points.
  • The chapter is placed at the beginning to shape the reader's understanding and interest.
  • Important components include the problem statement, proposed solution, outcomes, methodology, and significance.
  • The Abstract is and can be adapted for various types of proposals such as research, grants, and business projects.


The editable Abstract template - complete with the actual formatting, layout and graphics is available in the retail Proposal Packs.
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Alternate chapters are those which may be used instead of this chapter depending on your situation. Alternate chapters may be better suited for different size projects, more specialized projects, or variations on rights.

Alternate Chapters

Related chapters may be used in conjunction with this chapter depending on your situation. Many related chapters are intended to be used together to form a more complex and integrated proposal.

Related Chapters

Samples Using the Abstract Chapter

The Abstract template is illustrated in actual use in the following Sample Proposals. Samples are also included in each Proposal Pack and illustate many of the industries and situations this template can be used for:

Document Layouts Using the Abstract Chapter

This template is used in the following template layouts.
Illustration of Proposal Pack Food #5

The Abstract chapter and other chapters are integrated into a Word document as illustrated here in the Proposal Pack Food #5 design theme. There are hundreds of design themes available, and every design theme includes the Abstract chapter template.

A proper business proposal will include multiple chapters. This chapter is just one of many you can build into your proposal. We include the complete fill-in-the-blank template in our Proposal Pack template collections. We also include a library of sample proposals illustrating how companies in different industries, both large and small, have written proposals using our Proposal Packs. This template will show you how to write the Abstract.

We include a chapter library for you to build from based on your needs. All proposals are different and have different needs and goals. Pick the chapters from our collection and organize them as needed for your proposal.

Using the Proposal Pack template library, you can create any business proposal, report, study, plan, or document.

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The Abstract is one of the most important sections of the proposal, and it may be the only one that a gatekeeper, busy executive or decision-maker reads. Summarize the most important aspects of the proposal here. Use the additional templates as needed to expand on the proposal. The Abstract is essentially the same as the Executive Summary; however, some grant proposal RFPs ask for this information as the Abstract.
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