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Research Proposals - Appendices

The Appendices

Some writers are prone to append peripheral documents of various kinds to their proposals on the theory that the bulk will buttress their case. Most sponsors restrict what can be appended, if anything. If not restricted, remember that reviewers almost never read such appendices, and may resent “the padding.” The best rule of thumb is: When in doubt, leave it out.

Appendices are occasionally used for letters of endorsement or collaboration, and reprints of relevant articles if they are not available electronically. Other uses may be data tables, surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments, clinical protocols, and informed consent documents, as allowed by the sponsor.

If two or more appendices are included in a proposal, they should be designated Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.


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