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Book: Writing Research Proposals in Applied Linguistics

Chapter: Writing Proposals for Research Grants

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.33188


• A typology of research grants: local, national, international, professional, foundational, corporate, and group-specific

• Preparation

o Allowing yourself time for reading: understanding the context of contemporary research debate, talking to others, gathering information)
o Studying your funding source (checking specifications and criteria)

• Writing

o Writing a convincing and persuasive proposal
 Are the aims and objectives clearly established?
 Is the research design well thought out?
 Is the level at which the proposal is pitched and the background provided geared for the specific audience to which it is addressed?
o Working out a delivery plan: milestones for research
o Specifying outcomes and estimating impact. What will the research do, for whom, what and why?)
o Formulating and justifying a budget for your research

• Submitting

o Keeping a record of the deadlines
o Getting to know how the submission will be received: regular hard copies? Bound or in booklet form? electronic submission?
o Making final checks

 What is the story?
 Who is the audience?
 Why does it matter?
 Why now?
 Why me?

• Working with sponsors and funding sources
o Preparing progress and final reports
o Preparing and presenting papers at conferences
o Preparing papers for publication

Reflective Tasks

Chapter Contributors

  • A. Riazi ( - mriazi) 'Macquarie University'