Proposal Writer's Guide

by Don Thackrey


II. The Parts of a Proposal

Proposals for sponsored activities follow generally a similar format, although there are variations depending upon whether the proposer is seeking support for a research grant, a training grant, or a conference or curriculum development project. The following outline and explanation concern chiefly the components of a research proposal. This section concludes with a discussion of certain variations in format required if one is seeking support for other kinds of academic programs.

A. Research Proposals

Typical parts of a research proposal are:

Title (or Cover) Page
Table of Contents
Introduction (including Statement of Problem, Purpose
of Research, and Significance of Research)
Background (including Literature Survey)
Description of Proposed Research (including Method or Approach)
Description of Relevant Institutional Resources
List of References

Proposal Writer's Guide: | PWG Contents | PWG Introduction | Parts of a Research Proposal | Title Page | Abstract s | Proposal Table of Contents | Background Section | Description of Proposed Research | Resources Descriptions | References | Personnel | Budget | Appendices | Proposals for Academic Programs | III. Inquiries to Private Foundations | IV. Dealing with Short Deadlines | V. Why Proposals Are Rejected|