But if you are addressing a wider audience, you need to assume that they have less existing knowledge.
In any case, it is important to keep your tone formal and academic, while still being as clear and simple you can in your language.
Panda Tip: Please note that the nature of a research proposal will vary depending on your specific audience.
If, for example, you are addressing only academics in your precise field, you can be quite specific about your area of study and assume a high degree of existing knowledge.
A good way of making your research aim clear is to state a clear research question, and back it up with 2-4 specific assertions or objectives. Do you have the necessary skills and qualifications to undertake your research (for instance foreign languages, statistical analysis, laboratory training, etc)? Once you have collected your data, what do you plan to do with it?
Example My central research question is as follows: Panda Tip: Approx. If not, what are your plans to acquire these skills (note: many postgraduate institutions offer considerable support in the acquisition of new skills necessary to perform research, but this will need discussing at the proposal stage)? Again, depending on the nature of your research, this section could be anywhere from one or two sentences to several paragraphs. This section states everything you won’t be able to do in your research.
Each section includes example notes and guidance on the suggested length and content.
Some sections also include suggested content templates to be filled in, but given the nature of a research proposal as academic, this can unfortunately only be limited.
This is where you sell your research proposal to the reader.
You need to explain, clearly and simply, how your research will complement the field you have just described in your literature review: what you will add, how it fills an existing gap, why the academic world would benefit from your research, etc.