A research proposal is intended to convince others that you have a worthwhile research project and that you have the competence and the work-plan to complete it.
Generally, a research proposal should contain all the key elements involved in the research process and include sufficient information for the readers to evaluate the proposed study. The proposal should have sufficient information to convince your readers that you have an important research idea, that you have a good grasp of the relevant literature and the major issues, and that your methodology is sound.
It is also helpful to keep in mind that you are telling a story to an audience.
Try to tell it in a stimulating and engaging manner.
Finally, identify "key writers" and refer to the most relevant and representative publications.
In short, try to paint your research question in broad brushes and at the same time bring out its significance.Do not bore them, because it may lead to rejection of your worthy proposal.Examples - the research topic is "the History of Mental Illness in Natal in the period up to 1945": "This study will draw on diverse approaches to the history of psychiatry, and to the origins of segregation in southern Africa.Abstract - it is a brief summary of approximately 300 words.It should include the research question, the rationale for the study, the hypothesis (if any), the method.Therefore, it is essential that your writing is coherent, clear and compelling.This overview focuses on proposal writing rather than on the development of research ideas. Often titles are stated in terms of a functional relationship, because such titles clearly indicate the independent and dependent variables.How to frame the research problem is perhaps the biggest problem in proposal writing.If the research problem is framed in the context of a general, rambling literature review, then the research question may appear trivial and uninteresting.There are different ways to organize your literature review.Make use of subheadings to bring order and coherence to your review.