Research proposals in Biotechnology are organized into the following sections:
Cover Page (see example in Templates)
I. Tentative Title
II. Research Problem (2-4 pages)
III. Definition of Terms
IV. Background of the Research Problem (5-7 pages)
V. Research Methods
VI. Research Limitations
VII. Tentative Schedule
VIII. References - include annotations
In addition to program field and institutional information, the cover page should include contact information for you and your thesis director(s).
Titles for each section contain upper-case Roman numerals.
The research methods and research limitations sections may be combined into a single section titled: “Research Methods and Limitations”.
Page ranges for two of the sections are indicated above.
- Proposals should not exceed a total of twenty double-spaced, typewritten pages
- Annotated references may be single-spaced within each, but double-spaced between references
Examples of proposals should be consulted before you begin and are available in Biotechnology: Proposal Examples.