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Proposal Writers Guide Research Proposals - Research Proposals

Research Proposals

Typical parts of a research proposal are outlined below. Note that examples are pulled from databases of awards from either federal agencies (i.e., NSF and NIH) or foundations.

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Title Page
  3. Abstract or Summary
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Background or Significance
  6. Project Purpose
  7. Plan or Approach
  8. References
  9. Institutional Resources
  10. Budget
  11. Appendices
  12. ​Biosketches

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Updated in 2014 by Christine Black.
Originally produced by Don Thackrey.


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