Even before you begin preparing and creating a research proposal, you have to comprehend what the term “research proposal” actually means.If you plan to conduct field work or collect empirical data, you should provide details about this (e.g. We therefore recommend that you contact a member of our staff with appropriate expertise to discuss your proposed research.If there is a good fit between your proposed research and our research strengths, we will give you advice on a draft of your research proposal before you make a formal application.You might find it helpful to prioritize one or two main questions, from which you can then derive a number of secondary research questions.The proposal should also explain your intended approach to answering the questions: will your approach be empirical, doctrinal or theoretical etc? Research Methods The proposal should outline your research methods, explaining how you are going to conduct your research. This section should also explain how you are going to analyse your research findings. Significance of Research The proposal should demonstrate the originality of your intended research. Anticipated budget For further information on formatting your research proposal and the criteria for the review process please refer to the SPHCM Applicant Guidelines for Research Proposals.Applicants are still required to submit a detailed research proposal.It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address.It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic.This may be a couple of sentences setting out the problem that you want to examine or the central question that you wish to address. Research Context You should explain the broad background against which you will conduct your research.You should include a brief overview of the general area of study within which your proposed research falls, summarising the current state of knowledge and recent debates on the topic.