A research proposal is a central feature of the research world and an important step researchers take before they conduct their research. It is a plan for the research that the researcher is hoping to undertake. All researchers write a proposal to clarify what topic is going to be investigated and why it is important, and what processes and procedures will be used; they also address a number of other aspects in relation to the proposed research. Whether the proposed research is to be carried out to meet the requirements for a doctorate, or whether the proposal is written as a bid to secure research funding, the proposal is crucial in that it will both signal the intentions of the researcher to undertake research and outline the way in which the research will be undertaken. It will demonstrate that the researcher is clear about what will be investigated and what it will take to successfully complete the investigation.
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