The purpose of the research proposal is to guide the Schools in determining whether:
- the proposed project aligns to the research areas of the School;
- the project can be matched with expertise within the School;
- the project is an appropriate scope and level for the degree being applied for, and is likely to contribute to new knowledge and have impact; and
- the resources, infrastructure, and support required to complete the project are available.
You may consult with a member of academic staff on developing the proposal, however the proposal must be written and referenced by you.
A proposal should be a maximum of two pages in length. There is no set template for writing a proposal, but it should include, as a guide:
- Project Title
- Project Summary and alignment to the research areas of the School
- What is it you intend to investigate?
- Describe how the proposed research project links to research in the School. <insert link to each School’s research activity pages>
- Project Aims, Significance and Impact
- Provide context/background to the project via a short review of existing literature.
- Outline the research problem/research questions/hypotheses.
- What do you think will be the main contribution to new knowledge?
- Why is this important? Are there possible societal, economic or other beneficiaries to the proposed research?
- Broad/brief outline of methodology
- General research approach (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, creative practice)
- Data collection and analysis
- Theoretical frameworks (if applicable)
- Other factors for consideration (if applicable)
- Special resources (e.g. specialist software, equipment)
- Ethical considerations
- Field work
Further information about ECU's Research Institutions, Centres and Supervisors can be found in the school brochures under the "Downloads" menu.