Project Proposal Tips

Here are some tips to make sure your project proposal is on the right track. 

Proposal requirements:

no more than 3 pages
Layout and Font Requirements
Double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, no mark up comments: must be final version
Citations and References
Required, use citation format suitable for your field. Must include references page.
Other Requirements
  • Must contain an answerable research question
  • Make it clear what you are researching and the methods you will use to find an answer. Be sure to describe the intellectual merit of your research.
  • For sciences and technology (the medical sciences in particular), please make sure you have a clear hypothesis and explain the scientific merit of your proposed research.
File Format
.doc (Microsoft Word) or .pdf
File Name
You must name your file (your .x500 is the username you use and the first part of your University email address): ".x500_UROP_Spring19.doc" or ".x500_UROP_Spring19.pdf"

Common Comments on Non-Approved Proposals

  • research question is poorly defined
  • no mention of relationship of project to faculty sponsor’s research/expertise
  • no literature citations
  • proposal is unclear in terms of methodology
  • realistic timeframe not included
  • importance of research not discussed
  • faculty recommendation is not strong, lack of strong sponsor support for project
  • outcome(s) of project unclear
  • project doesn’t entail real research (might be administrative or data collection without analysis)
  • proposal or sections of the proposal written by mentor 

Conducting Your Research