How to write a Research Proposal by Prof Helga Nowotny
How to write a research proposal – some guidelines for the road to be taken
Writing a research proposal is a journey – know from where you start and know your destination. You will need provisions for the road: a map and knowledge of the territory you transverse; food and drink to cover your existential needs. It is helpful to know how those think, who oversee the territory and who willjudge how well you have achieved what you set out to do. You will have to plan the stop-overs you need to make, when and where. And much more.
If you are adventurous (and funding agencies like to encourage risk-taking, even if they not always practice what they preach) have a well-thought outplan B ready in case you run into difficulties. Even if your own ideas, research skills and perseverance are your main driving forces, as it is expected, you will need companions for the journey. Some will be your friends and colleagues. Others will be persons whom you have never met, but whose thoughts and practices are guiding and inspiring you.
The deliberation of the establishment of the research team is especially important for collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects, and we will discuss how to choose them well.
I look forward to discussing these and other questions with you!
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