Internal Research Proposal
If an organization is having its own research department for research activities theresearch proposal submitted by that department to the management would be theinternal research proposal. Internal proposals are short and snappy; a one to three-page memo from the researcher to management outlining the problem statement,study objectives, research design, and schedule is enough to start an exploratory study.
External Research Proposal
A proposal submitted by an outside researcher to instigate a research for anorganization would be the external research proposal. The external research proposalmay be solicited that is in response to the requested for proposal published by themanagement of the company or un solicited which is submitted by the permanentconsultants of the organization in order to get approval for the potential research and tosolve a potential problem.
Academia Research Proposal
The research proposal that outlines the plans for an exploratory research and the goalof which is to contribute towards the existing knowledge on a topic. These researchesdo not aim at solving the specific problems of a particular organization but aim atexploring the new horizons of the knowledge or confirming the findings of an earlierresearch. These research proposals are submitted by the students and scholars to theirsupervisor.The development of research proposal requires experience and expertise and the followingguidelines and step by step approach would help to structure a research proposal in a betterway:
Understand the problem. Understanding the research problem is very important. Thisunderstanding would lead to the clarification of research question.
If problem is understood completely narrow down the core problem area.
Formulate research objectives and research questions and ideas for analysis.
Outline and explore the key literature in the relevant area of study.
Decide research methodology, research design.
Propose an approach for data analysis.
Develop a timeline.
Develop a budget and resources you will need.
Develop a bibliography.Writing a research proposal can be a demanding, frustrating, challenging and time consumingprocess - but it can also be exciting! A proposal does not permanently set what you will do. It isa starting point and throughout your research you will probably adjust and change your