This guide is designed to assist scientists and students of science at the University of Pittsburgh in writing research proposals. It will be useful to those without previous experience who are writing a first proposal for research funding or who are writing to meet course or degree requirements.
Charles Darwin's first evolutionary tree in his First Notebook on Transmutation of Species from 1837.
You may be writing a proposal for a number of reasons:
While there may be differences in what is required for different types of proposals, many of the fundamental issues and approaches are the same. This guide focuses mainly on research-type proposals, whether for a course requirement or for actual funding.
Credit: Sandstein. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.