It is important to read the criteria for the proposal, if you are given any. Research proposals written for a university or to obtain funding often have a pre-described format, a specific structure, or even use a particular style guide, such as the MLA style guide. Despite these differences, most research proposals have a few general components that are similar. Title Every research proposal should have a title. The title should both identify the fact that the paper is a research proposal as well as describe the general research that the author of the proposal wishes to conduct. For example, a good title for a research proposal meant for a PhD dissertation might be: "Examining the Effectiveness of Health Initiatives in the First Nations: A PhD Dissertation Proposal."
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