OUTLINE FOR A RESEARCH PROPOSAL 

I. FACE SHEET (Information requested varies somewhat from one grant source to another):A. Title of proposed projectB. Principal Investigator(s)
C. Names and address of institution
D. Effective dates
E. Support requested
F. Submitted by (& signatures)

II. OUTLINE FOR THE PROPOSAL:

A. Summary Introduction. A one-paragraph statement summarizing the aims of the project and any special features such as innovations in method, likely discoveries, or correctives to existing knowledge.

B. Background. Should show awareness of previous research on the topic and include a review of the main previous literature. The significance of the present research should be given in terms of the previous work done; and show how the project will develop and enhance the subject. All items discussed here should be included in the Bibliography (see E. below).

C. The research proposal.
1. Plan for fieldwork, including orienting concepts and guiding theory; types of sampling to be employed; use of documents; hypotheses to be tested (if any), types of data sought, and the techniques to be employed, with justification or rationalization of techniques and tests if warranted. Identify research techniques with some specificity and detail, indicating the kind of information to be obtained by different techniques and, if necessary, their relevance to the project. Also, it should include a time plan, if relevant.
2. Plan for analysis of data, methods to be followed, including use of consultants, data processing facilities available for use, and explanation of special procedures.
3. Plan for disseminating the results; e.g., publication plans.

D. Biographical data on the principal investigator(s). Should be written to show competence for the proposed work and to bring out relevant previous experience or training. Plans for further training should be included. List major publications with date and source. Accuracy, complete citations, and consistency in listing are important.

E. Bibliography. Not merely references cited in the “Background,” but a selected list of important works pertaining to the subject. It shows the investigator’s acquaintance with the topic on which he proposes to work. Annotations of the more important titles, relating the work to the proposed research, are recommended. Accuracy, complete citations, and consistency in listing are important considerations in preparing the bibliography.

F. Budget; for each year of the project, including:
1. Personnel salaries; including research assistants; consultants; cartographer’s or artist’s services; translators and interpreters, etc. (Fringe benefits may also be required.)
2. Permanent equipment (items of enduring utility like camera, tape recorder, etc.). Any item costing over $500 is usually considered equipment rather than an expendable supply. All equipment purchased on research funds becomes State property and must be left with the department when the research is completed.
3. Materials and supplies (paper, keysort cards, audiotapes, films, medicines; cost of film processing; postage; freight charges; gifts to informants, etc.)
4. Travel; to the field and in the field, with explanation of the latter if sum is large; Federal agencies may require breakdown of domestic and foreign travel. (Note maximum per diem allowed by granting agency and institution.)
5. Subsistence costs while traveling to the field location.
6. Publication costs; including preprints, reprints, and page charges where they are anticipated.
7. Computer services.
8. Indirect costs (if allowed).