medical BLOG | DATE- 2022-12-04

How to Write a Medical Research Proposal

How to Write a Research Proposal?

Health research has high value to society. It can provide important information about disease trends and risk factors, outcomes of treatment or public health interventions, functional abilities, patterns of care, and health care costs and use. Health research, medical education and clinical practice form the three pillars of modern day medical practice which all pursued by a wide range of people.

It’s a known that a research proposal is the first step to in a research career. For this it’s a very important document to invest one’s time and effort. In this article we will try to see what a research proposal is and the basic structures one should include on formulating it.

Whats a research proposal?

A research proposal is a detailed description of a proposed study designed to investigate a given problem. A research proposal is intended to convince others that you have a worthwhile research project and that you have the competence and the work-plan to complete it. Broadly the research proposal must address the following questions regardless of your research area and the methodology you choose: 

A research proposal should include the following elements to achieve its purpose 

1.Title: which should be concise, descriptive, informative and catchy. An effective title not only prick’s the readers interest, but also predisposes him/her favorably towards the proposal. 

2.Abstract: It is a brief summary of approximately 300 words. It should include the main research question, the rationale for the study, the hypothesis (if any) and the method. 

3.Introduction: should encompass the following

4.Objectives: these are the goals to be achieved by conducting the research. They may be stated as ‘general’ and ‘specific’. 

5.Variables: it is necessary to identify the key variables of the study and their method of measurement and unit of measurement must be clearly indicated. Four types of variables are important in research:

6.Questions and/ or hypotheses: A hypothesis can be defined as a tentative prediction or explanation of the relationship between two or more variables.

7.Methodology: This section is very important because it tells your research Committee how you plan to tackle your research problem. The guiding principle for writing the Methods section is that it should contain sufficient information for the reader to determine whether the methodology is sound. This section should include:

For a well-structured research proposal template CLICK HERE    


WRITTEN BY - Bezawit Girma-Med In Ethiopia Team

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