Questions tagged [research-proposal]

For topics pertaining to writing a formal statement on one's proposed research, usually for the purpose of obtaining funding or acceptance into a faculty position. It is also frequently called a "research plan".

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Can I only consult surveys when writing a research proposal?

Suppose, I need to write a research proposal for a Ph.D. application, and I have limited time on my hand as the deadline is approaching very fast. My topic is as follows: A novel multiscale method ...
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How can I enumerate the past research to show my research is noteworthy?

I'm working under a professor as a research assistant. She is preparing a proposal for research she wants to do with unmanned vehicles. A part of this proposal is showing that the past research doesn'...
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Similarity index software for research proposals [duplicate]

There are some software which are checking similarity. For a research proposal when we express a statement in the literature review section with citing to its reference (source), is it counted as ...
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Is it necessary to describe co-authorship in research proposal?

I am writing a research proposal for a possible university visit. I intend to also mention my recent publication where I am the first author. This led me to the question: Suppose I am writing a ...
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Is it appropriate to change author order before submitting grant proposal?

In 2020, I started to work on a grant proposal for the Austrian Academy Science Fund to fund a two-year postdoc. After two months, I was told by my prospective supervisor that the proposal was so good,...
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Is it ethical to be dropped as a sub-awardee / co-PI after helping to write a grant proposal?

I co-wrote a proposal with two faculty members who mentored me during my PhD. Since I am now a non-tenure track Assistant Professor at a different institution than the other two, I was to be given a ...
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Not citing the methods in the grant proposal [closed]

Last year, I wrote a proposal for DFG, a German body funding, with my colleague and we got money to hire three PhD students on my side, and two on my colleague’s side in another university. In the ...
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UK PhD application, are there hard requirements on the structure and format of research proposal?

I am applying to a UK PhD Computer science/bioinformtics program that requires submitting a research proposal. When I check the requirements for research proposals from different universities. The ...
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UK PhD application, is having the professor helping with the research proposal a must?

all I am writing regarding research proposal requirements in the UK PhD applications. I am checking biology+CS CDT programs, where the professors list possible research topics with a one-page ...
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How to write a research proposal for a university in UK?

I am applying to a PhD position in Pure math in UK. Application form asks for research proposal but I don't have any specific problem now which I would like to work on although I have a good ...
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Research Experience in PhD Proposal

I am applying to a (UK) PhD programme in theoretical computer science/maths and I am currently writing a rather technical research proposal. I have experience working on (very) closely related ...
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What should be written in a one-page research statement?

I am currently applying for a PhD in Machine Learning Applied to Biology. I am asked to write a one-page research statement in relation to the topic of the position offered. I do not understand what ...
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What happens if a letter of recommendation for a grant contains a mistake about the title of the proposal?

I submitted a proposal for a grant. My advisor read the first "final" version of the proposal and approved it. He really knows the project as we both have been working on it for months. Then,...
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One page PhD research proposal in marine biology - Denmark

I am applying for a marine biology orientated PhD in Denmark and they ask for the following: A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references) ...
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Should I avoid sending my research proposal?

I am currently applying for a PhD position in data science, and my potential supervisor is asking me to write a research proposal. This professor is working on "ML & NLP methods for Digital ...
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answering questions in a PhD proposal template

I have received an email from a university in the Netherlands, in which the professor asked four candidates including me to write a proposal. In that proposal, I am asked to answer some questions. one ...
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How do I justify an objective in a proposal when its study is contingent on me proving another objective? [closed]

My synopsis contains a consequent objective (Objective 2) that can only be studied or examined if I satisfy/prove the hypothesis I present in (say) Objective 1. How do I justify this? I am under the ...
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Why do I need to declare parallel grant application(s)?

Some funders (e.g. the ÖAW and the FWF in Austria) require the grant/fellowship applicant to declare if they have submitted any other grant application(s) at the same time. (This is asked during ...
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How detailed should a research proposal be (post-doc)

I am finishing my PhD which was quite multidisciplinary (in Physics, it was a theoretical PhD in connection with experiments though), and I am now looking for post-docs. While I would have some idea ...
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How to write separate subsections for approach and contribution in a research proposal?

I am writing my proposal (that is, the qualifying exam/proposal defence right before the final thesis defence) and my advisor suggested in my outline for the 1st chapter(Introduction) the following ...
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Is it okay if you rely heavily in your proposal on information that you got from a PhD thesis rather than a well known book by a well known author?

Would potential supervisors be concerned about whether my main source is credible enough? (this is for a PhD in Literature)
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Should I discuss the content of pending project proposals in faculty interview?

stackexchange community, I will be having a faculty interview in the coming weeks and I am currently working on my presentation for the interview day, which should, according to their instructions, ...
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What is “duly identified” in the case of preparation research proposal?

I am going to prepare a research proposal, and I have observed the following statement which I do not understand. Can you help me understand what it means? All text, paragraphs or textual phrases ...
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A letter of support for a grant from an independent practitioner

I am applying for a grant and am strengthen my proposal with letters of support. I will probably need help in a domain that I am not familiar with (i.e. Ophthalmology). A friend of mine is an ...
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Should you briefly discuss your research proposal's framework/objectives in your personal statement for your PhD application?

I am drafting my personal statement for my application to a PhD program at a university in the US. This university, like many other universities in the US, does not require PhD applicants to submit a ...
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what do you think would be a reasonable amount of time to write 60k words book? [closed]

As my first time submitting a book proposal, it is required to indicate the amount of time expected to deliver the first draft of the book. I am not sure what to say because I have no idea about what ...
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Difference between research statement and proposal? [duplicate]

I am going to apply for a research grant as a postdoc in mathematics. I would like to know is there any difference between proposal and research statement in the field of mathematics?
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Starting your own postdoc right after a PhD in another research lab

I am in the third year of my PhD in computer science and I'm graduating in a year and three months. I'm no longer interested in the research that I'm doing in my PhD and I'd like to switch to another ...
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Sharing a research proposal when applying for funds

When you apply for funds from a research council for a postdoc position, and the potential host is a university/organization that you don't know, do you share your research proposal with the PI of ...
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How to approach "potential benefits to society of proposed research" question on a grant application for a pure math project?

I have been writing a grant proposal, where it is based in the UK. I almost did most of the application, but I have no idea for the following parts: Benefits of Overseas Country: Describe any ...
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How should I interpret a book editor not responding to me after accepting my chapter proposal?

I had a detailed chapter proposal accepted about five weeks ago for a collection of critical essays in my field, edited by a retired professor who has been prolific in publishing while retired. In the ...
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How can I include a database/excel spreadsheet that I made in a proposal?

I'm writing my thesis proposal, and as part of the process I've converted what used to be a Word document form to collect data into a database/spreadsheet hybrid. I have to show how I'm collecting ...
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How to write a research proposal where the project description is given and known?

I am applying for this PhD studentship, where the project is known and is about a specific procedure. I have seen this question, here the chap who answers the question mentions to look at the ...
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BSc thesis proposal: how detailed is the norm

I'm in my last semester of a computer science BSc and need to write my thesis. Highly competitive environment, apparently it's the norm here that BSc theses should try for a publication. In Europe. I ...
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Master Thesis within Data Science with restricted knowledge and time [closed]

We are two double-degree students within the fields of business and data science. Our goal was to write a master thesis within the department of business & management and change it accordingly so ...
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Demonstrating capacity for independent work in light of parasitic co-authorship

I'm applying to a prestigious funding program for early-career researchers* that places a heavy emphasis on the "scientific excellence" and "intellectual capacity and creativity" ...
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Suggesting research topic of personal interest to my PI

I am currently performing some purely data driven research as part of my chemistry undergraduate research course. Through this work, I have developed a keen interest in what I’m doing. Several papers ...
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How to find internship or supervisors if not in academia?

I don't have a MSc in STEM, however I gained some professional experience in data-science, but outside of academia: I coauthored a data-model at my former startup, described in a patent application ...
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"Statement of purpose" vs "Research proposal" in the context of graduate studies?

After consulting google, what I am able to understand is that a statement of purpose is a document that is used when applying for graduate studies and it mentions the aptitude and motivation for ...
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What should be the main concerns while writing the research methodology section of a research proposal? [closed]

According to the research proposal evaluation results I have received, my supervisor advised me to elaborate more on the research methodology I chose. This is a research related to computer science, ...
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How can I avoid overuse of words like "however" and "therefore" in academic writing?

I am in the field of computer science (more specifically robotics), and as I am writing, I must actively avoid using the words "however", "therefore", etc... every few sentences. ...
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Strange/impolite to request a faculty I've not met before to have a look at a postdoc research proposal I've written?

I'm submitting postdoctoral applications to a few places to receive external grants, and I've written a proposal all by myself. However, I'm planning to come back to academia after two years in ...
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NSF proposal still pending but status date changed! [duplicate]

It has been 6 months since I submitted an NSF proposal. I noticed the status date got updated to today, but the status is still pending. No email or call from the PM. Is this a decline for sure?
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How to write research proposal without the risk of getting my idea stolen

I am applying to some PhD programs this year. For some programs they require a research proposal - and this creates a dilemma for me. The more detailed the proposal is, the higher chance I get into ...
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Do I need to reason why I use a particular technology in my research proposal?

I have started doing a research related to NoSQL databases for the master's degree and I have submitted the research proposal. Proposal evaluation results have been released and the examiner has added ...
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Professor has no interest in the topic of my research proposal

For a research paper in my course we had to come up with a topic proposal. When I talked with my professor about my topic he did not seem interested in my proposal and only talked about a topic of his ...
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How to justify research assistant's role in the grant application

How can we justify the role of Research Assistant in the grant application? Everyone knows that faculty members are busy with teaching, admin tasks, writing grants etc. so they actually seek PhD and ...
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Is it OK to include public domain (wikimedia commons) image in a research grant proposal?

Obviously, with a proper attribution. Thank you.
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Can it be disadvantageous to actively publish in completely different fields?

I'm a researcher in a STEM field and work at an institute where research staff salaries (including mine) are dependent entirely on third-party grant money. I've already successfully obtained research ...
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The order of Aims, Objectives, and Research Question in the grant proposal application

What should be the order of my Research Questions, Aim, and Order in response to the following section. The order that looks logical to me is Research Question => Aim => Objective . Any ...
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