Advanced Authentic Research

Research Proposal Guideline

This guideline is set up to assist students in preparing the text for their research proposal.

The Research Proposal is a complete description of the intended research, developed under the supervision of the assigned supervisor. Through the full proposal, the student needs to demonstrate convincingly that the study will make a contribution to a problem. The full research proposal should include the following:


I. Title: The title of your proposal should be short, accurate, and clear. A single sentence containing ten or fewer words is best. Don’t use acronyms and technical jargon.


II. Research Question: The research question helps to focus investigation that will be pursued by the researcher. This question is developed your interests and passion based your background knowledge of particular topic/s. The nature of question should suggest a learning experience that promotes student development in their 21st century skills: critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. These skills are also alinged with our vision statement which has emphasis in developing students’ knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills, nurture their curiosity, creativity, and resilience.


III. Background and Significance: This section should start with introducing the research problem, its significance, and the technical approach your work will take to investigate/solve the problem. Students should also present a concise review of the primary literature relevant to their proposed research efforts. This may include citing the key literature that are up to date, critically appraising the literature or addressing flaws in previous work and where the study fit in. It should also include significance of the research and how the study builds on the prior work of others in the field.


IV. Preliminary Studies (Optional): If the project builds on past students’ past research, then a brief section outlining what have already accomplished and explain how these results relate to the work outlined in the present proposal should be included.


V. Research Methodology: This section should outline the detailed plan of how the research should be conducted. This plan will guide students to understand realistic workload that could be accomplished in order to address the focusing question. Information on the research team and its technical expertise as it relates to the project, a realistic timeline, and description of the specific experiments should be included in this section. If more than one person will do the work described in the proposal then a division of labor should be provided together with an explanation of why each person is best qualified to do the work described. The timeline should define the length of the project and provide a schedule of who will do what specific tasks approximately when during the project period.


VI. Human Subjects: If your project involves experimentation on either animals or people, you will need to obtain approval for your project through your institution’s office of Institutional Compliance.