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How to write your Research Proposal (Long)

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Components of a Research Proposal (Long)

There is no one-size-fits-all template for a research proposal (long). Proposal Kit templates can be customized as needed to fit any situation using the extensive chapter template library. Here are some key chapters typically included in this type of template. Use this template as your starting point and customize it as needed using the software included with each Proposal Pack or the Professional bundle.

Cover Letter

The Cover Letter serves as a professional introduction to your research proposal. It briefly outlines the purpose of your research and summarizes how it will address specific problems or questions. This initial page sets the stage and aims to capture the interest of the reader.

Problem Statement

The Problem Statement clearly defines the issue or challenge that your research aims to address. It outlines the significance of the problem and why it warrants investigation, helping to set the stage for the research objectives.


The Abstract provides a concise summary of the entire research proposal. It includes the main objectives, methods, expected results, and the significance of the research. This section is crucial for quickly conveying the essence of your proposal to busy stakeholders.

Synthesis Statement

The Synthesis Statement connects the research objectives with existing knowledge. It synthesizes various sources and perspectives to show how your research will build on or differ from previous studies.

Statement of Work

The Statement of Work details the tasks and activities that will be undertaken during the research project. It outlines the scope, timelines, and deliverables, providing a roadmap for the entire project.


The Solutions section discusses the potential solutions or outcomes that your research aims to achieve. It describes how these solutions address the problem and their expected impact.


The Hypothesis outlines your primary assumption or prediction that the research will test. It sets the direction for the study and guides the experimental design.


The Procedures section details the step-by-step methods and protocols you will follow to conduct your research. It ensures that the study can be replicated and validated by others.


The Experiments chapter describes the specific experiments you will perform to test your hypothesis. It includes details on setup, controls, variables, and data collection methods.


Modeling explains any theoretical or computational models that will be used in your research. It demonstrates how these models will help in understanding or predicting the phenomena you are studying.


The Approach chapter outlines the overall strategy and methodology for your research. It explains how you will integrate various methods and techniques to address the research question.

Resource Allocation

Resource Allocation details the resources required for your research, including personnel, equipment, and materials. It ensures that you have the necessary support to complete the project.


Mapping visually represents the structure or flow of your research project. It helps in understanding the relationships between different components and stages of the research.


The Research section delves into the background and literature relevant to your study. It establishes the context for your work and shows how it fits within the broader field.


Classifications categorize the different elements of your research. This could include types of data, variables, or subjects, helping to organize and structure the study.


Variables outlines the different factors or conditions that will be measured or manipulated in the research. It helps in defining the scope and parameters of the study.

Time Line

The Time Line provides a detailed schedule for the research project. It includes key milestones, deadlines, and deliverables, ensuring that the project stays on track.

Literature Review

The Literature Review analyzes existing research and publications relevant to your study. It identifies gaps in knowledge that your research aims to fill and demonstrates your understanding of the field.


The Evaluation chapter outlines the criteria and methods for assessing the success or impact of your research. It explains how you will measure whether the objectives have been met.


Requirements list the important conditions, resources, and approvals needed for your research. It ensures that all necessary elements are in place before starting the project.


The Results section will present the findings of your research. It includes data, analyses, and interpretations, showing what has been discovered or proven.


Validation details the methods used to verify the accuracy and reliability of your research results. It ensures that the findings are credible and reproducible.

Project Budget

The Project Budget provides a detailed financial plan for your research project. It includes estimated costs for personnel, equipment, materials, and other expenses.


The Recommendations chapter offers practical advice or strategies based on the research findings. It suggests actions that stakeholders can take considering the results.


The Summary provides a brief recap of the entire research proposal. It highlights the main points, conclusions, and significance of the study.


The Conclusions section discusses the broader implications of your research findings. It reflects on the significance of the results and suggests areas for future research.


Definitions clarify any specialized terms or jargon used in the research proposal. It ensures that all readers have a clear understanding of the terminology.


The Data section provides detailed information on the data collected during the research. It includes raw data, processed data, and methods of data analysis.

Examples of projects a Research Proposal (Long) may be used for

This document can be used in many contexts and has various uses depending on the needs. Depending on your situation, customize the chapter list as needed using a Proposal Pack or the Professional bundle.

  • Developing a comprehensive research proposal for academic funding
  • Preparing a detailed plan for a scientific study
  • Creating a research proposal for a corporate research and development project
  • Creating a grant proposal for a government-funded research initiative
  • Designing a research plan for a nonprofit organization
  • Submitting a research proposal for a doctoral dissertation
  • Planning a long-term research project for a university department
  • Proposing a new study to extend existing research
  • Drafting a research proposal for collaborative international projects
  • Preparing a research proposal for a private sector innovation project
  • Creating a research framework for a public health study
  • Submitting a research proposal for an environmental impact study
  • Planning a research project for a pharmaceutical company
  • Drafting a proposal for a new technology development research
  • Writing a research proposal for a market analysis study
  • Preparing a research proposal for a social sciences study


Related To

The Research Proposal (Long) may also be referred to in different ways or be used in more specialized situations, such as:

  • Research Proposal Preparation
  • Academic Research Planning
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Scientific Study Proposal
  • Research Project Outline
  • Detailed Research Plan
  • Research Methodology Proposal
  • Long-term Research Strategy
  • Comprehensive Research Framework
  • Research Funding Proposal



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Chapter Templates Used in the Research Proposal (Long)

Cover Letter, Title Page, Table of Contents, Problem Statement, Abstract, Synthesis Statement, Statement of Work, Solutions, Hypothesis, Procedures, Experiments, Modeling, Approach, Resource Allocation, Mapping, Research, Classifications, Variables, Time Line, Literature Review, Evaluation, Requirements, Results, Validation, Project Budget, Recommendations, Summary, Conclusions, Definitions, Data, Back Page

You use this this proposal for

  • Non-technical proposal
  • Project pitch proposal
  • Non-government grant, non-profit, NGO proposal
  • Nature, environmental proposal
  • Research proposal

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