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How to Write a Research Proposal

The research proposal describes the objective(s), design, methodology, statistical considerations, and organization of a research study; it also gives the background and reason the trial is being conducted. The proposal describes, among other things, what types of people may participate in the trial; the schedule of tests, procedures, medications, and dosages; and the length of the study.

It is important to remember that writing and developing an effective research proposal takes time. The process starts by identifying the area of research and then developing a focused research question to be answered. It is also important to carefully read over the guidelines of whatever agency you are submitting it to, if applicable, to ensure that the information they require is presented in a clear and complete format for review.

Click on any of the sections below to find a number of resources provided to assist you in the process of formatting an effective research proposal:

  1. Writing a Research Proposal
  2. Research Protocol Templates
  3. Clinical Trial Registration