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Developing Research Proposals

First Edition


January 2012 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

- How do I go about writing a research proposal?
- How do I maximize my chances of Writing a successful research proposals?
- How do I do a literature review?

Writing a research proposal is one of the most important tasks facing academics, researchers and postgraduate students. In this accessible, informative and entertaining book, Denicolo and Becker tell you how to develop an effective research proposal to secure funding for your research projects or to gain a place on a research degree programme. The book helps you understand what those reading your proposal are looking for and supports the development of writing skills through practical activities.

This book offers down-to-earth advice on:
- How best to carry out and structure the literature review
- How to develop and phrase research questions and hypotheses
- How to handle methods and methodology in your proposal
- Crucial issues of planning, strategy and timing.

This is a must-have book for anyone seeking to write a successful research proposal.

 
Prologue
 
Serendipity
 
Intended Readers
 
Overview of the Rook
 
The Task Before You
 
What is a Research Proposal?
 
When Is a Research Proposal Required and Why?
 
What Are the Key Aspects of Proposal Preparation?
 
What Should Be Included in the Introduction, Rationale and Literature Review?
 
What Is the Significance of the Aims, Objectives, and Research Questions/Hypotheses?
 
What Should Be Included in the Methodology/Research Implementation Sections?
 
What Financial Considerations Are Required?
 
What Planning and Organisation Details Are Required?
 
Who Are the other Potential Contributors to and Referees for Your Project?
 
Where Does It End? Reactions, Reflections and Anticipations
 
Appendix 1 Funding Sources
 
Appendix 2 Resources
 
Glossary
 
Index

This is a sound introduction to proposal writing, especially for those unfamiliar with the process. It is clearly presented and written in largely jargon-free language that will appeal to the neophyte... The work is useful as an introduction to the proposal-writing process.

Maryam Nazari
Online Information Review


This book is essential reading for those writing research proposals for a PhD application as well as those writing proposals to funding bodies. It is intended for those who are writing proposals for the first time but also for those who may have written proposals before, but never succeeded in getting funding... For me, this book is perfectly pitched. It is simple, but not simplistic. It offers practical advice, but also interrogates your thinking about the actual research design...This book is an excellent addition to any newer researcher's bookshelf as well as for administrative staff and those in research offices who support academics writing proposals. You get a sense that the authors are true experts and genuinely want to support new and early academics in what is an increasingly competitive part of modern day academia.

 

Annika Coughlin
SRA News

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Developing Research Proposals is a very accessible and authoritative guide, and part of Sage’s informative Success in Research Series... Overall, the authors have written a book providing a wealth of information and advice that would come in handy not only to those interested in maximizing their chances to get a research degree place or funding for project in a complex and demanding environment, but also to those interested in their personal development as researchers.

Andreea Moise
LSE Review of Books

This is a sound introduction to proposal writing, especially for those unfamiliar with the process. It is clearly presented and written in largely jargon-free language that will appeal to the neophyte... The work is useful as an introduction to the proposal-writing process.

Maryam Nazari
Online Information Review

Developing Research Proposals is a very accessible and authoritative guide, and part of Sage’s informative Success in Research Series... Overall, the authors have written a book providing a wealth of information and advice that would come in handy not only to those interested in maximizing their chances to get a research degree place or funding for project in a complex and demanding environment, but also to those interested in their personal development as researchers.

Andreea Moise,
LSE Review of Books

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