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Research Proposal (Maximum 2 Pages)

Your research proposal should be saved as URG_Proposal_StudentsName.docx and should include the following:


Project Title:


Abstract/Problem Statement/Research Question (Question to be investigated) (no more than 150 words):  State the problem that the research is trying to solve, or write a question that the research will try to answer.


Significance of the Problem (Rationale)/Literature Review:

State how this project is unique. Describe what new information you are trying to discover, or what new process is being used or what new type of analysis is being used on the problem.  Describe what aspects of this work make it different from work done before.

State how this research fits within the general body of knowledge – previous work by others. Cite the references for the information.

Describe the context in which the research will be conducted, whether it is for a class, a competition, a continuation of other work, a part of an overall faculty project or something else.


State Hypothesis or Objectives (Outcomes): Clearly state any hypothesis to be tested and explain what is expected to be learned from this work.  Explain the measurable result of the project, such as: a piece of information, a constructed material, a method to analyze something or new analysis of old information.  Specify what you plan to accomplish during this project. 


Research Design, Methodology, and Activities (Research plan):

State what techniques and methods will be used to perform the research.  Describe all instrumentation or software you will use.  Explain how you will analyze the results.


Please note: Projects involving human subjects that have not received IRB approval will not be eligible for this grant. Please obtain the approval and apply next time.*


Budget:Place each budget item into one of the following categories.  Give an actual or estimated cost for each item listed.  Describe the function of each budget item and state why it is necessary. 

Consumable Materials:  Materials that will be consumed during the research.

Examples are chemicals for reactions, materials and components to be manufactured into a product, printing costs, or art supplies needed to create a project.


Capital Materials: Materials that will not be consumed during the research program and will remain with PUC after the research program is completed. Examples are books, digital recorders, software or instrumentation.


Travel: Travel to a location to perform research or gather data not available at PUC.

Examples are travel to use an instrument, to get information from a library or museum, to visit someone for an interview and to observe the subjects of interest, such as being at a town council meeting discussing the topic of the research or listening to a presentation on the subject.  Do not include the cost of presenting research findings.


Cost for Use: To supplement the cost for the use of some equipment.

Examples are costs to send a sample away for analysis that cannot be done at PUC, to use a piece of equipment at another location or to get time on a supercomputer.


Examples of Costs NOT Allowed in Your Budget:

Refreshments for any conferences or presentations

Table cloths or any other decorations



Example of Submitted Budget


Consumable Materials:

3 Tanks of N2 gas                                           $80.00 each

N2 gas is needed to have an inert atmosphere in the furnace to prevent oxidation during heating.

1 kg copper powder                                        ~ $100 for purchase and shipping

Copper powder is used to infiltrate into the iron matrix


2 visits to Illinois Institute of Technology      $20 for mileage, $22 for tolls and $20 for parking

Need to use the tensile press and die at IIT to make tensile samples


Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals will be rated on a scale of 1(poor) to 5 (outstanding) based on the following criteria:


Is the research problem or question well defined?

Is the significance of the project clearly presented?

Is the project objective or hypothesis clearly articulated?

Are the research design, methods, and activities well described?

Does the budget appear reasonable and does the proposal provide a clear justification for items included in the budget?

Does the proposal convey a well thought out project with potential for success?

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