In the previous chapter, we discussed sources of research questions and ways of evaluating them. In this section, we discuss how you can convince your readers (supervisors, funders, and others) that your research is achievable and intriguing with effective research proposals. The research proposal allows you to explain the significance of your project and showcase the quality and importance of your proposed work. Research proposals also allow you to clarify your ideas, refine your focus, anticipate potential challenges and develop strategies to overcome them. They are also a roadmaps for you to consult to ensure that you are remaining on track and progressing as anticipated. If you are applying to a honours program, you will most certainly need a research proposal. Thesis-based graduate programs often require a research proposal and/or a statement of intent in the application package, and funding agencies invariably require research proposals. However, writing a good research proposal involves investing in some technical skills and adherening to conventions. In this chapter, we hope to help you to do both, and to transform your research question into a manageable project that will convince your readers of the importance of your research and of your ability to undertake it.
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