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The Guidelines for Preparing Research Proposals are available in HTML, PDF and RTF formats.

The Research Proposal Guidelines ask you to provide a:

  1. Costs and budget justification: What is the proposed budget for the project? Clearly indicate if funds will be provided by the school or other source(s) such as project grant funding. Include a breakdown of costs, including administrative, research, training and travel costs. The table shown below is the recommended format for the budget. Please indicate if the $1850 Graduate Research Student Travel Award will be used – this is the only funding that should be attributed to the GRS. Justify the major items listed in the budget including a brief description of the item and how it relates to the project.

How you can approach this:

Budgetary considerations are important for all students, especially if you have limited access to funds. You need to ensure your project is feasible and establish where the funds will be coming from to finance it.

You will be expected to detail the costs of the project. Include a breakdown of major costs, including administrative, research, training and travel costs. You may find your research project plan and your research training plans useful for identifying the items to include in your budget.

The table shown below is the recommended format for the budget. Please indicate if the $1850 Graduate Research Student Travel Award will be used – this is the only funding that should be attributed to the GRS.

Your school may have resources that you can draw from. See more information on School Specific Resources

Research Proposal Guidelines Budget Example
Budget Format Example

Justify the inclusion of each of the major items listed in the budget. It is not sufficient to write ‘these items are essential for the project’. You need to explain how each budget item contributes to achieving the aims of the research project and how the estimated cost for each budget item was calculated.