The research proposal is a central feature in the world of academic investigation, and an important step in the research process. The proposal represents a plan for the research, and signals the researcher’s intentions by outlining the specific way in which the research will be undertaken. Your proposal will clarify what topic is going to be investigated, what you are trying to achieve, why the research is important, and what processes and procedures you plan to use. But it will do more than demonstrate that you have thought carefully and clearly about what will be investigated and what it will take to successfully complete the investigation. Your successful proposal will demonstrate your potential as a researcher — that you have the necessary knowledge and ability to undertake the research.
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