TMI Research Division Proposal Guidelines
The following guidelines are intended to help you articulate to us the scope of your intended study, including the methodology you plan to use to gather, analyze, and interpret your data, and also the limitations and delimitations of your investigation. We realize that these details may change as your project gets underway. If accepted, we ask that you inform of us of any such intended changes to your research as soon as possible.
Research proposals should address the information requested below. As this is a non-discipline-specific proposal format, if your research project requires further information than what is requested here, please provide it. You may be asked to repeat information already given in a previous section. In that case, please restate your answers rather than writing “see above.”
Cover Page: Include name(s) of researcher(s), institutional affiliation(s) (if applicable), and contact information for all researchers listed on submission.
Proposed Research Topic: Provide a short (2-3 sentence) description of your study, including the research question you intend to follow and what your research is intended to show and/or contribute to this field of knowledge.
Purpose(s): Identify the research focus and/or problem(s) to be addressed within the study. Why is this research important and what do you hope to accomplish? Discuss how this study will shed light on the problem, question, hypothesis, etc. being presented? What practical or theoretical results do you foresee as a result of this study? What will new knowledge will this bring to their field? Who might benefit from this study?
Background: What is your research background? Explain your personal and professional interest in and experience with this topic. Why is this study of interest to you, both personally and professionally? Have you acquired funding for this project? Are you seeking funding at this time?
Literature Review: If applicable to your chosen methodology, provide a context for your research by providing a brief overview of the relevant literature (books, articles, research documents, media projects, etc.) that explores the same or a similar topic. Explain how your study is intended to support or shed new light on the current knowledge. Give a brief description of some of the researchers and/or research reports that have influenced your proposed study (either regarding the subject itself and/or the methodology you intend to use). Please include full references for any literature cited.
Theoretical Framework: What methodology or methodologies will you use to gather, analyze, interpret, and report upon the research data? Describe in reasonable detail the steps you will take in the data gathering, analysis, interpretation and reporting stages of your research and how this process will help to shed light on your topic (for example, what the criteria will be for the inclusion/exclusion of data). How will the data be summarized in a final report of commensurate project? Please state your reasons for choosing the type of methodology that you will be using. What are the limitations of this methodology?
Research Participants: Please be sure to answer the following questions:
» Where will the study take place?
» Approximately how many research participants will you work with?
» Who will your participants be (include age-range, gender, education, race, and any other important demographic information)?
» What are your criteria for including and/or excluding individuals as research participants?
» How will you recruit your participants?
» What will your participants be asked to do and/or what information will they provide? Please include a description of any testing materials to be used, including psycho-social tests, technological devices, etc.
» How will you be interacting with the participants?
» How much of their time will this necessitate?
» Will participants be compensated?
If your study does not involve human participants, please provide a detailed description of scope and intent this research project.
Limitations: Describe conditions that place restrictions on what you can do and the conclusions you may be able to draw, for example, time restrictions, communication issues, personal limitations, financial constraints, or any other foreseeable problems or challenges.
Ethical Considerations: What are the ethical considerations specific to this study? How will you address these considerations?
Final Product: What form will your research report take? Do you intend to make the results of your research public? How?
Timetable: How much time do you foresee the study taking from start to finish (including finishing the research report or commensurate product)?
TMI Involvement: What is your previous experience with TMI programs or products? Why are you seeking a collaboration with TMI Research Division? What will be required of The Monroe Institute Research Division in regards to time, resources, etc.? Please be as detailed as possible. Please also discuss the ways in which your proposed study relates to TMI Research Division’s research goals and mission. See Research Directions at the Monroe Institute, in particular the section on "Thinking Qualitatively: A Statement On TMI’s Methodological Focus."
Other: Please include any other significant features of the proposed research project not previously mentioned.
As noted, we ask to be kept informed if any of the above parameters and/or stated information changes at any timer during the course of your research.