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Journal of Medical Erudite
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 1
First page : ( 53) Last page : ( 69)
Print ISSN : 2278-1927. Online ISSN : 2349-2112.

CME series Paper 1 Writing a Good Research Proposal: Investigators’ Perspective

Kumar Neeta1,*, Kumar Sanjiv2

1Department of Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India.

2Director, International Institute of Health Management Research, New Delhi and Adjunct Professor, International Clinical Epidemiology Network, Delhi. India

*Corresponding Author: Associate Professor, E-Mail: kumar_neeta@hotmail.com

Online published on 6 April, 2018.


A well written research proposal is the foundation of quality research. It is the key to get acceptance in reputed universities for PhD and Masters Programmes and smooth sailing in institutional internal review or ethical review process. It also gives an edge to secure funding from various agencies where budget is shrinking and competition is increasing. This means that researchers, students and young faculty must acquire proposal writing skills early in their career. The present paper briefly covers various components of a research proposal starting from the preparatory stage to planning, writing and submission. The important elements to a good proposal are emphasised in each section with examples. This paper intends to be a starting point for students and young faculty. It does not substitute the standard guidelines by established research institutions, funding agencies and universities.



Research, Proposal, methodology, title, research question, aim, objectives, sample size, study design, budget, quality, data collection tools, inclusion, exclusion criteria, biostatistics.


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