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Framing a research proposal idea

A year or so ago, I came across this simple but exeedingly helpful set of questions to help kick start a research proposal idea.

I came across it in a workshop at CQUniversity (Australia). I think it was produced by Janelle Kidd (DVC at CQUniversity) and/or Stewart Lockie (now Prof in Sociology, ANU, Australia).

It has helped me a couple of times to move from research idea to implementable strategy.

Framing a proposal idea

  1. Write a research question
  2. What is the important theoretical or conceptual setting?
  3. Write 2-3 key points about why it is important (Significance? Innovation?)
  4. Write 1-2 brief objective points (formulate full aims later)
  5. Write a couple of points about the approach you might take
  6. Will I have all the expertise/resources? Should I be talking to collaborators? Might the proposal be strengthened by having a team?
  7. Do I or will I need some ‘proof of concept’, preliminary data or demonstration of competency to undertake the project?
  8. Will the team/partners be competitive in this field?
  9. What would the outcome(s) be and who benefits?
  10. What is the ‘WOW’, ‘HOOK’, or ‘EXCITEMENT’ factor?

April 14, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. […] a body of research and innovation Markus has finally posted the set of questions for framing a research proposal idea that he showed me weeks ago. This post is […]

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  2. Your information is amazingly useful.

    Comment by Read More | July 23, 2013 | Reply

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