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How to Write a Research Proposal | Examples & Templates

Published on October 12, 2022 by Shona McCombes and Tegan George. Revised on November 21, 2023.

Structure of a research proposal

A research proposal describes what you will investigate, why it’s important, and how you will conduct your research.

The format of a research proposal varies between fields, but most proposals will contain at least these elements:


Literature review.

  • Research design

Reference list

While the sections may vary, the overall objective is always the same. A research proposal serves as a blueprint and guide for your research plan, helping you get organized and feel confident in the path forward you choose to take.

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Research proposal purpose, research proposal examples, research design and methods, contribution to knowledge, research schedule, other interesting articles, frequently asked questions about research proposals.

Academics often have to write research proposals to get funding for their projects. As a student, you might have to write a research proposal as part of a grad school application , or prior to starting your thesis or dissertation .

In addition to helping you figure out what your research can look like, a proposal can also serve to demonstrate why your project is worth pursuing to a funder, educational institution, or supervisor.

Research proposal length

The length of a research proposal can vary quite a bit. A bachelor’s or master’s thesis proposal can be just a few pages, while proposals for PhD dissertations or research funding are usually much longer and more detailed. Your supervisor can help you determine the best length for your work.

One trick to get started is to think of your proposal’s structure as a shorter version of your thesis or dissertation , only without the results , conclusion and discussion sections.

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Writing a research proposal can be quite challenging, but a good starting point could be to look at some examples. We’ve included a few for you below.

  • Example research proposal #1: “A Conceptual Framework for Scheduling Constraint Management”
  • Example research proposal #2: “Medical Students as Mediators of Change in Tobacco Use”

Like your dissertation or thesis, the proposal will usually have a title page that includes:

  • The proposed title of your project
  • Your supervisor’s name
  • Your institution and department

The first part of your proposal is the initial pitch for your project. Make sure it succinctly explains what you want to do and why.

Your introduction should:

  • Introduce your topic
  • Give necessary background and context
  • Outline your  problem statement  and research questions

To guide your introduction , include information about:

  • Who could have an interest in the topic (e.g., scientists, policymakers)
  • How much is already known about the topic
  • What is missing from this current knowledge
  • What new insights your research will contribute
  • Why you believe this research is worth doing

As you get started, it’s important to demonstrate that you’re familiar with the most important research on your topic. A strong literature review  shows your reader that your project has a solid foundation in existing knowledge or theory. It also shows that you’re not simply repeating what other people have already done or said, but rather using existing research as a jumping-off point for your own.

In this section, share exactly how your project will contribute to ongoing conversations in the field by:

  • Comparing and contrasting the main theories, methods, and debates
  • Examining the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches
  • Explaining how will you build on, challenge, or synthesize prior scholarship

Following the literature review, restate your main  objectives . This brings the focus back to your own project. Next, your research design or methodology section will describe your overall approach, and the practical steps you will take to answer your research questions.

To finish your proposal on a strong note, explore the potential implications of your research for your field. Emphasize again what you aim to contribute and why it matters.

For example, your results might have implications for:

  • Improving best practices
  • Informing policymaking decisions
  • Strengthening a theory or model
  • Challenging popular or scientific beliefs
  • Creating a basis for future research

Last but not least, your research proposal must include correct citations for every source you have used, compiled in a reference list . To create citations quickly and easily, you can use our free APA citation generator .

Some institutions or funders require a detailed timeline of the project, asking you to forecast what you will do at each stage and how long it may take. While not always required, be sure to check the requirements of your project.

Here’s an example schedule to help you get started. You can also download a template at the button below.

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If you are applying for research funding, chances are you will have to include a detailed budget. This shows your estimates of how much each part of your project will cost.

Make sure to check what type of costs the funding body will agree to cover. For each item, include:

  • Cost : exactly how much money do you need?
  • Justification : why is this cost necessary to complete the research?
  • Source : how did you calculate the amount?

To determine your budget, think about:

  • Travel costs : do you need to go somewhere to collect your data? How will you get there, and how much time will you need? What will you do there (e.g., interviews, archival research)?
  • Materials : do you need access to any tools or technologies?
  • Help : do you need to hire any research assistants for the project? What will they do, and how much will you pay them?

If you want to know more about the research process , methodology , research bias , or statistics , make sure to check out some of our other articles with explanations and examples.


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Research bias

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Once you’ve decided on your research objectives , you need to explain them in your paper, at the end of your problem statement .

Keep your research objectives clear and concise, and use appropriate verbs to accurately convey the work that you will carry out for each one.

I will compare …

A research aim is a broad statement indicating the general purpose of your research project. It should appear in your introduction at the end of your problem statement , before your research objectives.

Research objectives are more specific than your research aim. They indicate the specific ways you’ll address the overarching aim.

A PhD, which is short for philosophiae doctor (doctor of philosophy in Latin), is the highest university degree that can be obtained. In a PhD, students spend 3–5 years writing a dissertation , which aims to make a significant, original contribution to current knowledge.

A PhD is intended to prepare students for a career as a researcher, whether that be in academia, the public sector, or the private sector.

A master’s is a 1- or 2-year graduate degree that can prepare you for a variety of careers.

All master’s involve graduate-level coursework. Some are research-intensive and intend to prepare students for further study in a PhD; these usually require their students to write a master’s thesis . Others focus on professional training for a specific career.

Critical thinking refers to the ability to evaluate information and to be aware of biases or assumptions, including your own.

Like information literacy , it involves evaluating arguments, identifying and solving problems in an objective and systematic way, and clearly communicating your ideas.

The best way to remember the difference between a research plan and a research proposal is that they have fundamentally different audiences. A research plan helps you, the researcher, organize your thoughts. On the other hand, a dissertation proposal or research proposal aims to convince others (e.g., a supervisor, a funding body, or a dissertation committee) that your research topic is relevant and worthy of being conducted.

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How to Create a Market Research Proposal (+Template)

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Continuing the market research series, in this article, we’ll discuss what a market research proposal is and how to create one.

To recap, what we’ve covered so far in the series, we’ve talked about what market research is, the different types of market research you need to do to grow your business, and the benefits of conducting market research .

What is A Market Research Proposal

Conducting market research is expensive, and if you work in a large organization, then you would need to justify such expenses.

Before conducting your research you’d need to shed some light on past data about your market, gaps in the data, and why new research is necessary.

This is where a Market Research Proposal come in to play.

Typically, a research proposal is a document proposing a research project, usually, these proposals are done by a scientist or an academic. 

The proposals are then evaluated on the cost and potential impact of the proposed research, and on the soundness of the proposed plan for carrying it out. Research proposals generally address several key points:

  • What research question(s) will be addressed, and how they will be addressed
  • How much time and expense will be required for the research
  • What prior research has been done on the topic
  • How the results of the research will be evaluated
  • How the research will benefit the sponsoring organization and other parties involved

The same principles apply here, only that your business market environment is what is being researched, which is your target market.

A market research proposal is a document that details the what, the where, the when and the how of market research and the information and costs associated with it.

If this sounds complicated, then here’s what you need to know about a market proposal. It addresses:

  • Why market research is necessary and what you aim to gain from the research
  • What resources are required for the research
  • Past research done on your market
  • How the data from this market research will be collected, stored and used
  • How the research will benefit your business

Keep in mind that at this point you are not conducting the research yet, you are simply providing a rationale behind why market research is necessary.

In the next article in this “Market Research” series, we will discuss the process of conducting market research, but for now, we need to provide a compelling document on why, how, when and where the research will be conducted.

11 Steps to Create A Market Research Proposal

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Now that you know what a market research proposal is, it’s time to create one. There are 11 steps to create a sound and compelling market research proposal

1. Market Research Proposal Summary

Start your proposal by briefly explaining the purpose of the market research and why it is required. Also, give an overview of what the desired outcome of the market research is.

If your business is interested in pouring resources into an in-depth market research then surely, there is something you hope to gain from it.

Remember to provide reasoning for the need of this specific market research and let whoever is reading this, such as the CEO, COO. know what contributions this research will make to the company.


The market research project, entitled [RESEARCH PROJECT TITLE] hopes to discover more information regarding market trends in [SPECIFIC AREA]. The following summary will give an overview of the causes, processes, and possible effects of the market research proposal, detailed below.

2. Research Objectives

In this section of your proposal give full details about what problem has been identified that requires market research to be conducted. I.e. Show why there is a specific need for this research in the first place.

Explain what the market research results will be used for and how they will help achieve the overall goals. Describe the goals which you hope to achieve with this project.

The proposed market research project contains the following objectives:

  • Objective one
  • Objective two

3. Background Information on Past Market Research

Odds are you’re not the first person/company to conduct research on your market. This means that there is existing information on your market. However, this knowledge might be outdated, or might not provide the data your business needs.

So, in this section explain what information already exists on this topic and what is already known. Also, highlight the gaps in knowledge that the market research will hopefully fill.

Here you will show information from existing sources regarding the specific topic to be researched. It is great to provide cited sources, graphs, charts, and statistics. 

You will use this section to show that you know a great deal about the market you will be researching, but you also need to show the holes in the current knowledge.

You can then demonstrate the specific need for your proposed research plan, and how this market research plan will fill these holes and contribute to the knowledge of this subject.

4. Market Research Proposal Hypothesis

If your business needs to conduct market research, then you probably have a few ideas of what you hope to get or learn from the research.

In this section describe what you believed to be the likely outcome of the market research and what you hope to learn.

5. Research Target Audience

Your business doesn’t target everyone, and odds are your business targets different audience types. So who is this research targeted at?

This is a very important part of your proposal and you need to be as detailed as possible about the target audience or audiences you will be researching.

Also, describe how you will source this target audience and how you will ensure they meet the correct criteria.

6. Data Collection of Market Research

Time to get to the good stuff. In this part of your proposal, you MUST detail all the data collection methods that will be used during the market research and, how they will be carried out. 

You MUST also explain how the accuracy of data will be maintained, how potential candidates for the research will be approached and, if applicable, how they will be reimbursed for their time and contribution.

Use specifics and consider potential questions such as.

  • How will you maintain the accuracy of data? 
  • How will you approach potential survey or research candidates? 
  • Will these participants be paid for their time? 
  • At what times of day will you make phone calls? 
  • In what ways will you ensure an accurate data sample? 

The more information you can provide in this section, the better.

Our methods of data collection will be best suited to the project at hand. Research methods will include:

  • Focus groups
  • Collection of social media data
  • Surveys via the Internet, phone, or email
  • Long range in-home consumer tests
  • Distribution of samples
  • In person promotionals

These individuals will be selected [HOW THEY ARE SELECTED] to ensure an appropriately constituted pool of data from which we can infer accurate insights and trends.

The pool itself comprises of individuals who have expressed to us an interest in participating in such surveys, and they will be compensated by [METHOD OF COMPENSATION]….

7. Research and Analysis Methodology

In this section of your proposal, you are to discuss the strengths and possible limitations of your research methods. 

Provide an overall blueprint for your methodology in approaching research data, and describe the implications of each method of data collection, and explain the methods you will use to interpret the data. 

Lastly, discuss the means of evaluating the collected data and how you will account for errors, holes in data, or inaccuracies.

8. Ethics to be Followed During Research

You’re almost done with your proposal, but there are still a few important details that need to be included. 

Explain how the market research will adhere to ethical codes by thinking about how issues such as participant confidentiality, data security, privacy, and consent of research participants will be addressed.

Include waivers or documents you plan to provide to research participants, if applicable

9. Market Research Timeline

In this section, provide a detailed timeline of when the research needs to begin and when a full report is required, ensure sufficient and realistic time for both data collection and data analysis are considered.

Market Research Timeline

  • Task 1 ([DATE] [TIME])
  • Task 2 ([DATE] [TIME])
  • Task 3 ([DATE] [TIME])

10. Market Research Budget

We’re almost done with our proposal, but it’s time to include arguably the most important section. After all, if your company does not have the funds and resources then there would be no research in the first place.

Provide an overall budget for the proposed project. Make sure to include all possible cost considerations. You can provide a breakdown of those here. 

Don’t forget budgets for sections such as Participant Reimbursement, funds for documents, rental space.

11. Conclusion

This is the last part of your market research proposal. You can add ways in which this market research will provide further benefits or include unique applications of the potential results.

Now that you know the market research proposal process and the importance of market research, in the next article will discuss the actual market research process.

Comment with any questions you have about Market Research Proposals and I will get back to you ASAP.

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How to Write a Market Research Proposal

The market research proposal is an important first step in near all studies. First and foremost, a skeleton that details a study’s direction, goals, and focus, such proposals are typically the first point of reference for management. While the proposals make or break a project’s funding, there is one other strength no research team can ignore: direction.

Critical for any undertaking that involves research, direction helps with both the pragmatics and concepts of near all studies. Market research proposals are vital for outlining both. They also explain the potential returns or results a study can yield. Ideally, the proposal should convince outside readers while informing research and development teams.

Language is important for writing a proposal, as is organization. A lot of detail goes into the typical research proposal, and sometimes there is no clear place for essential odds and ends. Luckily, there is a general organization, or logic, that most research proposals adopt. This allows readers to quickly absorb details, jump to pertinent sections, and digest its conclusions.

While not mandatory, using these structures add a cohesion that makes reading these papers more convenient and cohesive. Length, detail, and overall complexity are all factors when considering how a research proposal should be organized. Similarly, weigh the study’s goals and potential returns. Not every proposal necessitates the same sections. In fact, simple studies can do without a lot of sections that more involved or longer studies require. That mentioned, never write off these critical five elements of your research proposal.

Overview, Definition, and Terms

Important for summing up the study’s incentives, intents, and overall feasibility, overviews prep readers for the project’s strengths. Like everything else in a proposal, clarity is also all-important. Definitions and terms are vital. Overviews are also excellent for showcasing market conditions, opportunity, goals, and overall impact to ROI. While very important, always make sure to focus on the client. Their edification should be at the forefront of any proposal writer’s mind.

Hypothesis and Goals

While referenced in the overview, extrapolation about a project’s actual agenda goes a long way. Near everyone reviewing a research proposal will search for a hypothesis. While fine to reference in the overview, an outright hypothesis will always predominate the research proposal and its direction. Be clear as possible!

The hypothesis itself, however, explains the goal’s prospective burdens, costs, and returns. Also explain how these different elements combine to form a whole level of different parts. Perhaps most intrinsic is the order of said goals, as well how they compliment each other.

Realizing goals requires exploring a range of target segments that can appreciate the product, content, or whatever else. Exploring these different targets includes any range of periphery methods, not to mention actual possibilities. What is vital, however, is a full explanation as to why the target is pertinent.

Methodology and Conditions

The logical extension, research proposals must detail methodology. Include practices and conditions, study types, analysis standards, and other crucial aspects. Make sure extrapolation focuses on the actual methodology, however. Pragmatic intricacies can be glossed over, but that really depends on the reader. Researchers will typically want to know about the whole process, while management typically focuses on efficacy and ROI.

Discuss.io can offer deliverables within 48 hours, the fastest in the industry. Establishing a clear timeline  is still critical though. Product and content dev teams typically need to keep informed. A common timeline really encourages such cohesion, not mention also keeps MR better aware as to the product or content’s direction. Along with setting a schedule, timelines also helps inform team members of their objectives and schedule. Such a cohesive view both informs researchers as reminds them of the importance of each task.

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Entrepreneurs and companies need to get critical information about their industry or specific market landscape to help ensure their business becomes a success.

This is where market research plays a role. But to be effective, proper steps must be outlined through a market research proposal.

If you’re a business owner or a marketer, you must learn how to write a market research proposal correctly . So here’s a handy step-by-step guide on how to do just that. Plus, we’ll throw in a free template to help you get started.

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How To Write a Market Research Proposal

When drafting a market research proposal, you can adopt various styles depending on the industry or business. But to put forth a more organized proposal, it helps to adhere to proven structures and follow these steps.

1. Start with an overview

It’s always wise to open with an overview to give the readers of the proposal a general idea of what the market research is all about, as well as set their expectations. If you don’t want to use the term overview, you can also go with an executive summary or an introduction.

You can do a simple overview consisting of one to three paragraphs. Or if the situation calls for it, you can also present your executive summary with supporting information that may include any or all of the following:

  • Definition of terms. List the terms that will be used in the market research proposal. Make sure to define them properly.
  • Market conditions. Give an overall picture of the current market conditions. Explain the industry’s state and the competition level, as well as mention relevant economic or even political factors.
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis. You can also present market conditions through a SWOT diagram, which summarizes everything neatly.
  • Feasibility. If you want to cut to the chase, state the overall feasibility. You can also consider including the potential ROI (return on investment ).

2. Define the objectives

When writing a market research proposal, define the project’s goals as clearly as possible. You can begin with a larger, encompassing objective and then break it up with its corresponding parts. 

If you are dealing with multiple goals, make sure to explain how each separate objective relates to or affects one another.

Remember that clearly defined goals will guide the execution of the market research project – from the budget to the types of surveys or questions you will use.

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3. Outline the execution

Market research can be accomplished in various ways, but there needs to be a clear plan for executing it.

Outline your methodology and approach to getting the information you need. As far as methods are concerned, you can choose from options like organizing focus groups, deploying online surveys, or holding interviews over the phone or face-to-face.

You should also consider if your approach is multi-faceted. Will the surveys be done once or through a series of batches? Will you follow up on the first wave of interviews with email surveys? 

Never forget to include the rationale for choosing your methodology. Factors to remember include costs, logistics, and timeline.

4. Explain how the results will be analyzed and reported

Market research proposal creation would be incomplete without including the mechanics for analyzing and reporting the results.

You must present a concrete plan for how the market research data will be collected and safely stored. 

Next on your list is to explain how the data will be analyzed. Of course, what comes after is the reporting part. It’s more than just presenting the facts. You should also include your interpretations and, more importantly, your recommendations.

5. Discuss the timeline, costs, and conditions

Market research takes time and isn’t free. So, you’ll need to define your timeline and expected costs clearly.

It’s also important to tackle the terms and conditions of the market research project. The more transparent you are, the more you can prevent misunderstandings in the future.

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When drafting a market research proposal, you can accomplish things faster using a reliable template. 

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Market Research Proposal

It’s not enough to know how to draft a market research proposal. You also have to be aware of common mistakes people commit when preparing these proposals.

  • Lack of details. When you already know how to create market research proposals, you use certain structures and templates repeatedly. But sometimes, you forget to add elements that make your proposal look legit instead of being an apparent copy of another.
  • There is not enough review and fact-checking. We’re not talking about simple spelling and grammar errors. We’re referring to the information you included in your market research proposal. Are they up-to-date? Are the sources considered trustworthy?
  • There is too much hype. Be careful not to get caught up in the excitement of your proposal. Remember that you are dealing with business people. Be realistic and be clear about the goals. The last thing you need is to promise something you can’t deliver.
  • Disorganized presentation. You can follow a decent structure when writing your market research proposal. But if you don’t organize the information you present in each section, you will you’re lose your reader’s interest.
  • Underestimating visuals and diagrams. Yes, it’s showing real data is important, but you can be more persuasive by strategically using visuals, graphs, charts, and tables in your proposal. 

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Now that you know how to write a market research proposal, it’s time to put your learnings into practice immediately.

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How to Write a Winning Market Research Proposal

The current pandemic may have curbed our travel, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all still know the value of having good maps and a suggested itinerary. Indeed, a solid plan of action makes any endeavor — whether it be a fun-filled vacation, an educational goal, or a professional enterprise — more focused, less stressful, and, thus, more effective. It doesn’t matter if life interrupts our plans (“Hello, COVID-19!”); in fact, interruptions are a given, but we still know that good plans prepare us for whatever lies ahead. They help us to define our priorities and clarify our needs so that we can better manage our resources. The result: we are better prepared to handle uncertainties and more formidable and more productive in whatever we choose to do.

For businesses, good plans are based on good research. More than good products and services, good information sets profitable companies apart from their competition, allowing them to prepare for — and plan for — success. This is why market research proposals are so important. A market research proposal is a document a company uses to map out its future. It unites company stakeholders in joint discovery of information so that everyone knows who and what really matters. In short, a market research proposal outlines the specifics of an information-gathering project. This is how to write a winning one:

Keep It Brief

A market research proposal is sometimes called a “market research brief” because it's just that: brief. It should also be clearly written with no unusual acronyms or industry jargon and only the necessary points to underscore the overall research objective (as well as how it will be addressed) highlighted.

Include a Company Overview

The beginning of the proposal should include a short overview of the company, including such details as its mission and vision statements; market performance history; industry facts, figures, and trends; competitor data points and any other past research findings that shed light on the issue(s) at hand and why further research is needed.

Clearly Define the Objective

The research objective is the most important part of the proposal, as it clearly outlines the information a company needs, and, thus, defines the overall goal of the project. It’s basically the question a company wants to be answered and needs to be specific and measurable (but not necessarily quantitative) with the desired outcome.

Explain the Research Methodology

Of course, a market research proposal should also include a section explaining how the information to address the research objective will be obtained. Details about data collection (including the definition of the target audience, sample selection criteria, and proposed methodology) need to be clarified (since specific demographic, technological, economic, political, and even environmental concerns inevitably impact research outcomes) and should be evident with reasons for their use thoroughly transparent.

List Expected Outcomes

Finally, a good market research proposal needs to include a list of expected outcomes. An estimation of budget concerns, as well as a timeline for specific research milestones and project completion, should be listed here, along with an overview of projected deliverables to be anticipated. This helps both company executives and researchers to remain focused and on point.

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What is a Marketing research proposal?

A marketing research proposal is a document designed to sell your services by showing potential clients the research that you will carry out for their project. Whether you’re a freelance marketing consultant or you have your own marketing agency, a market research proposal will cover what research needs to be done, how you’ll go about it, and why they should choose you for the project.

A proposal is typically one of the first points of contact that you have with an organization. Therefore, it’s a chance to make a strong first impression.

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What to include in the Marketing research proposal

A market research proposal will outline your market research plan and each critical step you need to take to perform the necessary research. It usually consists of three parts.

  • Introduction: This includes project objectives and scope, target market, and methodology, including data collection methods.
  • Discussion: This covers existing knowledge of the market, case studies or competitor analysis, a project timeline, proposed budget, deliverables, and ethical considerations. ‍
  • Summary: This concludes what you expect to achieve from the market research, how it will support the initial objectives, and why your company is the best for the job.


At the top of any market research proposal template should be the title of your document followed by who it has been written by and who it’s for. You can also include both company addresses here if you wish.

Proceed to outline the project description and the purpose of performing the market research. What are you trying to achieve? Why is this research needed? Who will be conducting it? What problem are you trying to solve for the client?

You should also include a methodology section in your introduction. The research methodology should dive into what primary and secondary research will be conducted, how data will be collected, and the expected outcomes. As a freelance researcher, you’ll already know this, but it’s worth covering what’s included in each to the client:

  • Primary research is research that you carry out yourself in the form of two research methods: qualitative and quantitative research. Qualitative research relies on first-hand observation from things like interviews, questionnaires, and focus groups. Quantitative research, on the other hand, relies on the collection and analysis of data from an online survey and polls.
  • Secondary research is research that has already been published and comes from secondary sources. This may include academic literature, print publications, and online studies.

It’s important to give an overview of your target audience in your methodology too.

For instance, if your client is trying to determine whether it’s a good time to launch a new product, your methodology in your market research proposal would explain how you plan to arrange a focus group with their target audience of females aged 16-24. Being present in the meeting, asking the right questions, and making notes to refer to later on would confirm whether the prospective product could be useful and — ultimately — successful.

The discussion section of your marketing research proposal is typically the meatiest. It’s where you should demonstrate what you already know about the industry and company, while getting into the finer details of the market research project.

  • Existing Industry Knowledge: Prospective clients are likely going to want to hire someone who knows what they’re talking about. Right? Demonstrate that’s you by discussing the market and how it’s being affected in terms of the PEST analysis (politically, economically, socioculturally, and technologically). You can also cover case studies or a competitor analysis of companies that have already undertaken the same research and achieved similar goals.
  • Timeline: For the research items that you listed in your methodology, include time frames of when each one will be conducted. You don’t have to be super precise here — it’s more about giving your client a realistic idea of the timings of key project milestones. However, exact details can be tweaked and laid out in a marketing research contract once your proposal and project quote has been approved.
  • Proposed Budget: Any market research proposal template has to include a budgeting section. This is where you would break down how much you expect the research to cost, while offsetting it with how the client can make the most out of their investment. Just like with the timeline, the information doesn’t have to be exact at this stage. It’s more a rough estimate to ensure that the project expectations of both parties align.
  • Deliverables: This section should answer any questions that a prospective client may have on the general organization of the project. In other words, it should tell them how you plan to present the research and its findings, whether it’s in the form of a one-off report, series of meetings, or collaborative Google Docs. You may choose to hand-deliver a printed copy of your findings or email through a PDF file. Either way, this section is a significant part of a market research proposal as the findings taken from the document need to be actionable by the marketing team.
  • Ethical Considerations: This part of the market research proposal should outline any ethical issues that may arise throughout the course of your research, from conflicts of interest to concerns about supplier relationships. It should also cover how you plan to deal with participants, data gathering, and privacy issues before the project has even begun.

For example, you may write something like the following: “Each participant will be told that their input in this research is voluntary. They will be provided with a form to assure them that their data will remain confidential for the purposes of this research and won’t be used by third parties. They must sign this form in person or we can accept digital signatures to consent to these terms.”

The summary tends to be the shortest section of your market research proposal. It’s where you would refer back to the initial project objectives and conclude the desired outcomes from the market research.

It’s a good idea to end on a punchy note by describing why your potential client should become an actual client.

  • What can your company offer to this project that no other company can?
  • Why are you the perfect person or team to perform the research?
  • What makes this proposal unique?

Don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re trying to convince somebody (or some people) of your value. You want them to take action after reading your proposal, which is why you should include a compelling Call-To-Action (CTA). Let them know what the next steps entail, and how to take them.

How to write a Marketing research proposal

The truth is, it’s difficult to draft a market research proposal without some key information from your prospective client.

To gather all of the details you need to create a winning marketing research proposal, follow the below steps.

Find out exactly what the client wants to achieve

During your initial email or phone discussion, ask your client what they want to get out of the research. Are they rebranding and want to redefine their target market? Or are they testing out a new product with a small group of people before unleashing it to the masses?

Either way, it’s useful to know their final goals so that you can start to make a plan on how to help them achieve them.

Discuss the finer details

Alongside your prospective client’s research objectives, you need to find out more details in terms of their:

  • Target demographics
  • Project deadline
  • Project budget

You should also ask them if there’s any other key information that they would like you to include in the market research proposal. This will ensure that you have everything you need upfront without having to make extensive edits later on.

Figure out what sets you apart

Keep in mind that you haven’t been awarded the job yet. A work proposal is essentially a sales document — it almost serves as a resume before the client decides that you’re the ideal person to hire.

As such, do some company research to put you ahead of your competition. Is there a link you can make with the company based on your background and interests? Why should they care about you? What do you offer that no one else does?

Be sure to feature all of this information in your market researching proposal, and don’t be afraid of highlighting your strengths and wins.

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Marketing research proposal FAQs

How long should a marketing research proposal be.

A market research proposal should be concise and fluff-free. It should cover all the obligatory information without dragging it out. After all, prospective clients are busy reviewing other proposals and working on further aspects of their business.

The perfect length is between 1-2 pages, but try to ensure that it’s no more than 3.

What should the tone and writing style of a marketing research proposal be?

Because your market research proposal is only a couple of pages long, the writing style should be clear and easy to read. The language should be simple, everyday, and familiar, using short sentences that get to the point and won’t clutter up the document.

The tone of your plan should be informative and position you as the expert to leave a positive, long-lasting impression on your prospective client.

What is the main purpose of marketing research?

Marketing research aims to investigate and assess how certain factors influence consumer behavior. This provides key insights that are relevant to decision making.

Marketing research can identify new business opportunities and avoid business failures. That said, above all, it can be used to inform a company’s marketing strategy to help them achieve their business goals.

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Are you struggling to write effective marketing research proposals that will leave a lasting impression? Are you unsure how to structure your ideas and approach in a way that resonates with clients?

If so, then this article is for you! Here, we’ll provide step-by-step guidance on  how to write marketing research proposal templates that get results.

We’ll also explore key tips used to create winning bids. Whether you’re an experienced market researcher or starting out, these tips will help you produce convincing proposals that deliver excellent outcomes.

What is a Marketing Research Proposal?

Market research proposals are documents that sell your services to potential clients. It aims to educate them about what they can accomplish by hiring you to complete their projects or research .

It typically outlines the research project’s objectives, methods, costs, timeline, and expected results.

Key Elements of Marketing Research Proposal

A summary outlines the purpose and objectives of the proposed marketing research project. It should provide an overview of what will be investigated, as well as how this knowledge can benefit the organization.

This section lists what information needs to be gathered from the research study and why it is needed. These should focus on gaining insight into customer behaviour, attitudes, or preferences that can help inform decisions made by the company.

Targets refer to the target audience who will participate in the research. This includes criteria like age group, gender, profession, and other demographic characteristics relevant to the topic being studied.


The methodology defines the methods and techniques used to collect data during the research process. This may involve interviews, surveys, focus groups, field experiments, and so on, depending on the study’s scope.

A timeline provides a realistic schedule for carrying out the project. It should identify when each phase begins and ends while addressing potential roadblocks or delays.

Proposed Budget

A proposed budget outlines the estimated costs of conducting the research study. This ensures sufficient resources are available to cover all expenses for successfully carrying out the project.

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How to Write Marketing Research Proposal Templates

Get to know the client..

You might already have written audience personas available that can help you shape your proposal’s tone, language, plan, or other components. If not, it’s best to start researching the client’s target audience, industry, products/services, keywords or topics, and other relevant details.

It also helps to ask about the client’s pain points so you can better address them.

Knowing their main pain points gives you an idea of how to market your products or services as the best solution for their problems. Consider how your experience, expertise, and background can benefit them.

List the scope of work.

Include a scope of work section in your marketing proposal , which describes all the services you plan to provide the client. It should fulfill marketing tasks that clients do not have enough time or resources to accomplish.

For example, the Scope of Work for a social media marketing proposal may outline the following tasks:

  • Creating a content calendar
  • Uploading or automating posts
  • Analyzing social metrics.

Provide timelines for deliverables.

Based on the scope of work outlined, provide estimated time frames for each deliverable associated with the project. This will help keep track of progress throughout its development and establish expectations between both parties involved.

Include costs and terms.

Include a cost breakdown in your proposal and any applicable terms or conditions. Explain what they are paying for and how much they will be charged, so there are no misunderstandings later down the line. This section can include the following:

  • Pay rate (by milestone, week, and so on.) or pricing strategy (flat or hourly rate)
  • Payment requirements (deposit required before project start, full payment due upon completion, and so on)
  • Work location (on-site or remote)
  • Any warranties you may provide
  • Situations that warrant the termination of a contract

Show how you plan to measure results.

Demonstrate how you plan to measure the effectiveness of the research once it has been completed. Present strategies for tracking key performance indicators such as response rates, ROI, sales numbers, and so on. This will make potential clients more confident that you know what you’re doing.

A well-constructed, persuasive marketing research proposal is essential to attracting and acquiring new clients. It should provide relevant details about your research goals and highlight what clients can gain from working with you.

With the help of these steps on how to write marketing research proposal , you should have no trouble getting started. Now get out there and start putting together those winning research proposals!

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What to include in a marketing proposal?

11 crucial sections of a marketing proposal:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Market context and challenges
  • Target audience segmentation
  • Key objectives and goals
  • Strategic approach
  • Tactical game plan
  • Budget and financial planning
  • Implementation timeline and milestones
  • Performance metrics and KPIs
  • Review and optimization strategy
  • Conclusion and next steps

If your marketing proposal doesn’t stand out, it’s game over

You've invested hours into understanding your client's world—identifying their challenges, dreaming up solutions, and tailoring your approach. Now, it's time to present your marketing proposal, the moment where all your efforts should pay off.

But here's a challenge: if your proposal doesn't stand out, it will disappear in a pile of documents. Imagine all that hard work not even getting a second glance because your proposal looks and sounds like everyone else's.

Don’t worry, though, I’ve got you covered. I’m going to show you how to write a marketing proposal that makes the client sit up and think, "This is the one."

I’ll also show you successful marketing proposal examples that are usable as templates, so you can get started right away.

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What does a marketing proposal look like?

Traditionally, marketing proposals have taken the form of static, text-heavy decks, often created in PowerPoint (PPT) or saved as PDFs.

While this method has been the standard for years, it's becoming increasingly clear that it doesn't quite cut it anymore. Static proposals don't allow for easy customization or updates, and most critically, they fail to engage the reader.

Interactive proposals are a modern alternative that's changing the game. They can include elements like clickable tabs, embedded videos, or even interactive ROI calculators that clients can adjust to see different service scenarios.

This level of interactivity makes the proposal more engaging and allows for a level of personalization that static documents simply can't match.

Here's the difference between a static PDF and a modern proposal:

Static PDF marketing proposal

This is what eveybody uses. Using this approach will keep you looking like all the rest.

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Interactive marketing proposal

This is what leading teams use to stand out, demostrate value, and eat their competitors' lunch.

Marketing proposal examples that win over clients

A proposal is more than just a pitch—it's your chance to tell a story that resonates and paint a picture of the future that your client can't wait to step into.

The best marketing proposals do more than suggest solutions—they build trust and excitement for what's possible.

In this section, we’ll look at examples of marketing proposals that manage to do exactly this, raising the standard for what it means to truly engage and captivate your clients.

Marketing consulting proposal

This marketing proposal is a great example of how blending in-depth analysis with targeted, innovative solutions can create a compelling narrative that not only meets client expectations but sets the stage for unprecedented success.

What makes this marketing proposal great:

Focus on efficiency and growth: It addresses critical pain points like process inefficiencies and scalability, offering solutions that promise improvement and transformation.

Customized strategy: The proposal shines in its ability to tailor solutions, demonstrating a deep understanding of the business landscape and client needs.

Clear implementation roadmap: With a step-by-step plan, from analysis to delivery, it reassures clients with clarity and precision, promising a partnership that leads to tangible results.

Digital marketing proposal for e-commerce website

This digital marketing proposal shows how a data-driven approach can address the specific needs of an e-commerce website, offering a clear strategy for growth and a stronger digital presence.

Targeted strategy for e-commerce: It goes beyond generic solutions, offering strategies specifically designed for the e-commerce context, focusing on increasing online conversion rates, social media engagement, and brand awareness.

Measurable approach: The proposal outlines clear objectives, such as boosting online conversion rates by 15% and expanding brand awareness to reach 3,000 unique users monthly, with a robust system for tracking results.

Detailed roadmap with timelines: It provides a month-by-month breakdown of activities, from discovery and planning to implementation and optimization, ensuring a clear path forward and setting expectations for both parties.

Digital marketing project proposal

This proposal presents a nuanced approach to digital marketing, focusing on enhancing online visibility, improving engagement and conversion rates, and carving out a competitive position in the market.

Efficient navigation: The proposal smartly includes an average reading time on the cover, setting expectations and respecting the reader's time from the outset.

Clear data visualization: It incorporates data visualization components, making complex information easy to digest and engaging, which helps in quickly grasping the proposed strategies and expected outcomes.

Expandable text sections: For those looking for deeper insights, expandable text sections allow for a deeper dive without overwhelming the main view, ensuring the proposal remains sleek and focused.

Digital marketing lead generation proposal

This proposal outlines a targeted strategy for boosting lead generation within the digital landscape, focusing on optimizing the customer journey from initial engagement to final conversion.

Client snapshot slide: A dedicated slide provides a snapshot of the client's current challenges and targets, offering a concise overview that sets the stage for the proposed solutions.

The option to personalize at scale: The proposal uses dynamic variables, allowing for personalization at scale. This approach ensures that the proposal feels tailored to each recipient, enhancing its relevance and impact.

Segmented success stories: Success stories are organized in tabs, which allows clients to explore relevant examples of past successes without overwhelming them with information.

Digital marketing company proposal

This digital marketing company proposal is crafted to showcase a strategic partnership approach.

It outlines a clear, actionable strategy aimed at overcoming common digital marketing challenges, such as improving online visibility, increasing engagement and conversion rates, and establishing a competitive edge in the market.

Strategic use of grayed-out content: The proposal uses grayed-out content to strategically direct attention to key areas, ensuring that the reader's focus is drawn to the most important information without distractions.

Narrator slide for timeline: A narrator slide provides a clear, visual representation of the project's phases. This approach makes it easy for clients to understand the project's flow and key milestones.

Clear pricing summary slide: It features a transparent pricing summary slide, providing clients with a clear understanding of the investment required and the value it brings, facilitating decision-making.

Digital marketing agency proposal

This proposal is designed to meet the digital marketing needs of businesses in a way that is engaging, brand-consistent, and informed by real-time data, setting the stage for a successful partnership.

Branding extraction: It features an option to extract branding elements from the client's website, ensuring the proposal is a seamless extension of the client's digital identity.

Calendar embedding: The deck simplifies the scheduling process by embedding a calendar within the proposal, making it easier for clients to book meetings.

Analytics panel access: It comes with access to an analytics dashboard, offering insights into how the proposal is being interacted with, which allows for real-time adjustments and a deeper understanding of audience engagement.

Social media marketing proposal

In this social media marketing proposal, innovative features take center stage, transforming a standard pitch into an interactive journey. It's about showcasing your social media marketing agency’s capabilities in a way that's as dynamic as the social media landscape itself.

Logo customization features: This proposal introduces logo customization tools, including placeholders and a feature to extract logos directly from websites. This ensures seamless branding integration throughout the document.

Intuitive design: Every added element, from images to text blocks, automatically adjusts to fit the proposal's layout. This means you don't have to worry about disrupting the overall aesthetic.

Multimedia embedding capabilities: The option to embed external videos or links directly into the proposal enhances its interactivity.

Simple marketing proposal

This marketing proposal demonstrates a deep understanding of marketing strategy and showcases a commitment to leveraging technology for enhanced client engagement and measurable results.

Media integration: The proposal comes with multiple image and video placeholders, allowing for a rich, multimedia presentation that can be customized to reflect the client's brand and message effectively.

Interactive ROI calculator: The option to add an interactive ROI calculator enables potential clients to visualize the tangible benefits of the proposed strategies, making the value proposition clear and compelling.

Direct Call-to-Action: The option to include an accept button directly within the proposal facilitates a seamless transition from proposal review to project initiation.

Professional marketing proposal

This marketing proposal combines a deep understanding of the digital marketing landscape with innovative solutions to propel businesses forward, focusing on increasing online visibility, engagement, and competitive positioning.

Scroll-based design: The proposal uses a scroll-based design, allowing for a seamless reading experience. This modern approach facilitates engagement by guiding the reader through the proposal in a natural, intuitive manner.

Easy personalization: Tailoring the proposal for each prospect is straightforward, thanks to easy personalization features.

Smart control measures: The proposal includes options for smart control measures like expiry dates or password protection. These features secure the proposal and create a sense of urgency, encouraging prompt responses.

Strategic marketing proposal

This marketing proposal outlines a detailed plan for enhancing online presence, driving engagement, and securing a competitive edge, all while leveraging the latest in digital marketing strategies and technologies.

AI-assisted content creation: An AI assistant is integrated to help with text and image creation. This ensures that the proposal resonates with the target audience by generating relevant and engaging content.

Inclusion of real-time data: The proposal stands out by offering the option to include real-time data, providing potential clients with up-to-date information and insights.

Editable after sending: The ability to edit the deck after it has been sent, without the need to resend it, ensures that the proposal remains current and aligned with evolving client needs or feedback.

Modern marketing proposal

This modern marketing proposal is designed to serve as a dynamic tool for businesses seeking to elevate their marketing efforts.

It combines a strategic approach with cutting-edge features, aiming to present a comprehensive marketing strategy and engage potential clients through an interactive and visually appealing format.

Data visualization components: The proposal incorporates advanced data visualization tools. This approach helps to clearly communicate the strategy's potential impact and expected outcomes.

Expandable text sections: An expandable text section for terms and conditions ensures that the proposal remains concise without sacrificing the detail necessary for legal clarity.

Option to add an accept button: Including an accept button directly within the proposal makes it easier for clients to commit and signifies a forward-thinking approach to closing deals efficiently.

Dark digital marketing proposal

This marketing proposal is designed with the end user in mind, ensuring that every element, from content organization to design responsiveness, aligns with the modern expectations of businesses looking to thrive online.

Intuitive editor: The editor is both intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy for the creators to customize and refine the content without needing specialized design skills.

Responsive design: With a responsive design, the proposal guarantees an optimal viewing experience across all devices.

Content segmented in tabs: You can organize content into tabs, which helps in presenting a large amount of information in a structured manner and enables readers to quickly find the sections most relevant to them without feeling overwhelmed.

Vibrant marketing proposal

This marketing proposal is a visually engaging document designed to outline a dynamic digital marketing strategy.

It's structured to present a compelling narrative of services and successes, reflecting the creativity and effectiveness potential clients can expect from their services.

Running numbers to highlight achievements: The proposal cleverly uses running numbers to showcase the agency's biggest achievements, providing a quick, impactful glance at success metrics that immediately convey value and capability.

The option to embed external media: Incorporating the option to embed and play videos directly within the proposal elevates the presentation, allowing for a richer storytelling experience.

Multiple smart CTAs: The inclusion of various smart call-to-action (CTA) buttons facilitates the next steps in the decision-making process.

Marketing partnership proposal

This marketing proposal is designed with the dual aim of showcasing the agency's innovative approach to marketing while also providing potential partners with a clear, customizable pathway to achieving their goals.

Pricing packages slide: The proposal includes a detailed slide dedicated to pricing packages. This transparency allows potential partners to easily understand the investment required and the value provided at each level of engagement.

Option to embed clickable links: By embedding links to case studies, you can add real-world examples of success to provide potential partners with a deeper understanding of the agency's capabilities and achievements.

CRM integration: A standout feature of this proposal is its ability to integrate with your CRM and pull client data to personalize content at scale.

How to write a marketing proposal that gets clients to act

Crafting a marketing proposal that truly resonates with your potential clients is about presenting a vision that aligns with your client's goals and challenges, offering them a clear path to success.

To navigate this process, we've distilled it into 9 essential steps, each designed to build upon the last, ensuring your proposal hits all the right notes from start to finish.

Research your clients: Dive deep to understand who they are and what makes their business tick.

Identify client needs: Pinpoint exactly what your client is looking for based on direct conversations and your research.

Set clear objectives: Define what success looks like with achievable, impactful goals.

Design your strategy & tactics: Map out how you plan to meet these objectives with a comprehensive strategy and detailed tactics.

Outline expected outcomes & KPIs: Be clear about what results you're aiming for and how you'll measure success.

Establish a timeline: Provide a realistic timeline that outlines when each key milestone will be achieved.

Detail costs & terms: Lay out your pricing and the terms of your service in a transparent way.

Craft the marketing proposal: Bring everything together into a compelling narrative that sells your vision.

Leverage an interactive marketing proposal template: Use an interactive proposal creator to turn your deck into an engaging experience that drives results.

For a deeper dive into each of these steps, check out our detailed guide on how to create a marketing proposal .

How to design a marketing proposal

With the right design elements, your proposal can stand out in a crowded field, making a compelling case for why your services are the best fit for the client's needs. Here are some expert tips on how to achieve that.

1) Use scroll-based design

Scroll-based design leverages the natural action of scrolling to engage readers and guide them through your proposal in a narrative fashion.

This approach allows for storytelling, where each scroll reveals a new piece of information or a different aspect of your proposal.

To implement this effectively, structure your content in sections that logically flow from one to the next, using visuals and headings to break up text and maintain interest.

Here's an example of scroll-based design:

Scroll-based design example

2) Ensure responsive design

In today's mobile-first world, your digital marketing proposal must look great and function flawlessly across all devices.

Responsive design automatically adjusts the layout and content to fit the screen size on which it's being viewed, ensuring a seamless experience for the reader.

Here's an example of a mobile-responsive deck:

Responsive deck example

3) Personalize the proposal

Personalization can significantly increase the relevance and impact of your proposal. By integrating with your CRM and utilizing dynamic variables, you can tailor each proposal to the specific client the same way you would an email newsletter .

Mention the client's name, reference past interactions, and highlight solutions tailored to their unique challenges and goals.

This approach shows that you're not just offering a one-size-fits-all solution but a bespoke strategy designed to meet their specific needs.

Here's how you can easily personalize your proposal with Storydoc:

Personalized proposal example

4) Maintain consistent branding

Your proposal should be an extension of your brand, featuring consistent use of your logos, color scheme, and typography.

Use a proposal creator that can extract branding elements and logos from a website URL. This can help ensure that your proposal aligns with your online presence, reinforcing brand recognition and trust.

You can also treat it as an extension of personalization, using your client’s logo, colors, and fonts.

This level of personalization shows that you view the relationship as a true collaboration, potentially increasing their engagement and investment in the proposal.

Here's an example of a branded deck:

Branded deck example

5) Add interactive elements

Interactive elements such as ROI calculators, embedded videos, clickable links, and expandable pricing tables engage the reader and provide a dynamic reading experience.

These features not only make your digital marketing proposal more engaging but also help convey complex information in an accessible and user-friendly manner.

For example, an interactive ROI calculator allows clients to input their own data and see potential returns, making the benefits of your service tangible.

Here's what an interactive deck looks like:

6) Include a clear pricing slide

Daniel Pink once said, "To sell well is to convince someone else to part with resources -- not to deprive that person, but to leave him better off in the end." This idea is at the heart of creating a marketing proposal that truly resonates.

Include a clear pricing slide that breaks down your costs, what's included in each package, and importantly, what isn't.

It's also important to articulate the value you bring to the table. Don't assume clients will automatically understand the amount of effort, creativity, and strategy that goes into their campaign.

Take the time to explain the process, the rationale behind your strategies, and how each element of your proposal is designed to achieve their goals.

Here's a great video explaining how to price your marketing services:

How to price your digital marketing services

7) Design for conversion

Ultimately, your proposal should drive action. Including a clear and prominent ‘Accept’ button reduces friction and can significantly shorten the deal-closing time.

This call-to-action should be positioned in a strategic location within the proposal, ideally after you've presented your value proposition and just before the conclusion.

Make it as easy as possible for the client to say "yes" by streamlining the acceptance process.

Here's an example of a deck with an 'Accept' button:

Accept button example

Interactive marketing proposal templates

Crafting a marketing proposal from the ground up can be an overwhelming challenge, especially when the success of your pitch hinges on this one document. It's a task that requires marketing savvy, but also a flair for design.

Marketing proposal templates come pre-designed with interactive elements, such as clickable links, dynamic pricing tables, and an ‘Accept’ button, allowing you to focus on tailoring the content to your client's specific needs and objectives.

This streamlines the proposal creation process and ensures a high level of professionalism that might be hard to achieve when starting from a blank page.

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As a researcher, you should know that in every three people in the world, one uses  social media . With that said, 80% of the users on Instagram follow business profiles. Thus, if you are aiming to get more questionnaire correspondents, you should consider using online polls for specific questions concerning marketing to social media platforms. Get started and create your market research proposal with our easily editable  Market Research Proposal  Template .

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One of the factors that you have to consider when creating a market research proposal is the cost of conducting the entire study. Business leaders may want to know the estimated budget required to complete the research. It will help them decide if the survey is worth pursuing. That is why it is necessary to include it in your proposal. With our  Market Research Proposal Template,  you can create a clear  research grant budget  that you can include in your project.

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When writing a market research proposal , you should state the purpose of your study. For example, the reason you are conducting research is due to the dropping sales of the business you are serving. The purpose of the study may be to determine the cause of low sales and to find ways to increase the company’s sales. With that said, you may try out the  Marketing Research Proposal Template  (shown above) that you can use to create your market research proposal. This template comes with a masterfully designed layout and contents which you can fully customize to create a project with a precise purpose.

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This 5-page document includes an outline of a marketing research proposal . It also contains instructions and guidelines on how to write each part of the project, which can be enough to keep you guided until the end part of your proposal. It includes relevant links for more clarification about certain parts of the proposition. This file will serve your needs if you are in college and still learning on how to create a market research proposal.

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As a businessman, you should be knowledgeable enough before you place your money into any diversified investment . If you already have a business, you may want to do more research about your product and gain an advantage in marketing. The  Sample Marketing Research Proposal  (shown above) discusses the uses of olive oil in general, the applications of existing products, and the most reliable ways to promote their products. If you are planning to create a proposal with a similar problem, download this file to get started.

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5 Marketing Proposal Examples to Elevate your Business

By Tobi Ojenike , Aug 10, 2023

5 Marketing Proposal Examples

Marketing proposals have become an essential tool for success in today’s competitive business environment. As a business, there are various marketing proposal examples that you can look at, learn from and use to build yours.

More than just a pitch, marketing proposals show a thorough comprehension of each client’s particular requirements and goals.  Creating a persuasive marketing proposal  shows a business’ dedication to providing value and outcomes, paving the way for a successful collaboration.

However, developing strong marketing proposals has its share of difficulties. Marketing professionals are tasked to create proposals that stand out from the competition while remaining pertinent and appealing. This includes achieving the ideal balance between creativity and professionalism while addressing specific customer needs. You can tweak our carefully chosen  marketing proposal templates  to make sure that all these components are properly combined and employed in your marketing proposals.

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What should a marketing proposal include, what are the common mistakes to avoid in a marketing proposal, marketing proposal examples faqs, how to create a marketing proposal with venngage in 6 steps, a well thought out, well-designed marketing proposal should be:.

A carefully considered and well-designed marketing proposal has to be a thorough and convincing document that clearly explains your marketing strategy and solutions. As I earlier explained that it serves as a basis for understanding each client’s goals and what they require, it is essential to understand what it should contain. A winning marketing proposal should be: 

  • Comprehensive
  • Data Driven
  • Clear and Concise

Now that you have an understanding of what a marketing proposal is and what it should have, let us dive into the different examples of marketing proposals.

The secret to impressing potential clients and landing lucrative jobs is creating an effective marketing proposal. A collection of successful marketing proposal examples may be a great source of motivation and direction for marketers who want to stand out from the competition.

In this piece, I will examine 5 actual marketing proposal examples that highlight various tactics and innovative ideas. 

1. Digital marketing proposal example

A digital marketing proposal is a strategic, in-depth document that lays out a thorough strategy to improve an organization’s online presence, engage its intended target market and spur commercial growth. 

Using methods such as search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, social media management, pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, email campaigns and website user experience improvements, this kind of proposal serves as a  marketing road map  to demonstrate the marketer’s skills. It emphasizes quantifiable goals, financial allotment, a schedule and key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the effectiveness of the suggested digital marketing campaign. 

For example, this proposal attempts to capture potential clients and forge fruitful collaborations by putting a strong emphasis on customized solutions. This marketing proposal example is great for small businesses.

Digital Marketing Proposal Template

2. Social media campaign proposal example

A social media campaign proposal is a compelling document that is skillfully written and lays out a thorough strategy for utilizing social media platforms to accomplish particular marketing goals. 

A social media campaign proposal often includes strategies, content suggestions and advertising techniques. The proposal demonstrates the marketer’s talent for creating effective social media campaigns with an emphasis on raising brand awareness, increasing website traffic and encouraging meaningful interactions. 

This proposal intends to attract potential clients and win their support with data-driven insights and quantifiable KPIs. Here are some examples of a social media campaign proposal that you could use:

Social Media Marketing Proposal

3. Website design proposal example

A website design proposal is a carefully produced document that outlines a detailed strategy for developing or redesigning a website in line with the client’s brand identity and corporate goals. 

This proposal demonstrates the web designer’s proficiency in technical implementation, visual design and user experience (UX) to produce a smooth and visually appealing online platform. It provides details on the project’s scope, schedule, deliverables and budget as well as insights into the design process and overall strategy.

Take a look at our carefully curated template as a creative compass:

Website Design Proposal Template

A strong graphic design proposal highlights the value the designer brings to the client’s business while showcasing the designer’s expertise and creativity. You can also consider showcasing a portfolio of relevant past work and testimonials to build trust and confidence. Envision the stunning graphics you can create by taking a cue from this template:

Graphic Design Proposal Template

5. Influencer marketing proposal example

An influencer marketing proposal is a document created by marketing agencies to pitch collaboration opportunities to brands or businesses. This proposal outlines the campaign’s goals, target market, proposed influencers, content suggestions and anticipated results.

The proposal aims to demonstrate the influencer’s suitability for promoting the brand’s products or services and outlines the terms of the partnership, such as compensation, timeline and key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the campaign’s success. 

The goal of the influencer marketing proposal is to persuade potential customers of the efficiency of influencer collaborations in increasing brand visibility and fostering engagement with their target audience. 

With the help of our hand-picked collection of engaging influencer design proposal examples, you are off to a great start.

Influencer Marketing Proposal Template

Here’s a general outline of what a marketing proposal should include:

This is a brief of the main aspects of the plan. It highlights the information contained in the proposal and gives a quick look into some of the strategies, the complexities of the schedule, and the objectives that will indicate the project’s advancement. This summary provides your clients an understanding of what to expect from you and your team.

2. Objectives

The aims and objectives of the marketing campaign or project should be stated in clear terms. To show that you are aware of the client’s demands, align these goals with their company objectives. You should also understand that not clearly stating the objectives could lead to confusion and easily make tracking the progress of the project quite difficult.

3. Intended outcomes

Every effective marketing proposition is built around the idea of “intended outcomes.” These results are more than just objectives; they stand for the transformational changes that your client’s business will experience as a result of your proposed plans and activities. In this important section of the proposal, you should delve into the anticipated future and the advantages of your partnership for the development and success of your brand.

4. Define the target audience

Analyze the target audience of your intended clients to demonstrate your knowledge of this demographic. To show the applicability of your marketing strategy, include details on their demographics, behavior and preferences.

5. Market Research

Here, you gather knowledge of consumer behavior, tastes, market trends, and the market environment. These findings are then used to generate marketing strategies and plans. Marketing research provides the data and insights needed to make informed decisions within your  marketing plan .

6. Approach

Describe a well-planned marketing strategy that combines online and offline approaches. Describe the thinking behind each tactic and how they complement one another to produce the intended outcomes.

7. Measurement and KPIs

Outline the key performance indicators (KPIs) that will be used to gauge the marketing campaign’s effectiveness. Display your plan for collecting data, analyzing it and using it to inform decisions.

8. Timeline and proposed budget

Give a thorough breakdown of the marketing campaign’s necessary budget as well as the estimated timetable for its completion. Building client trust through transparency in costs and delivery dates is beneficial.

9. Project team

This provides information on the qualifications and relevant experience of the marketing team or agency. It also highlights their strengths and weaknesses, previous achievements, their position in the company and the part they will play in the execution of the intended project.

10. Case studies and testimonials

Include pertinent references, case studies or illustrations of prior successful projects to highlight your experience and track record.

11. Terms and conditions

Invite the client to take the following steps, such as setting up a meeting or signing the agreement, by concluding the proposal with a clear call to action. Specify any terms, conditions or contractual arrangements related to the partnership.

An effective marketing proposal involves thorough planning and attention to detail. Here are some common mistakes to avoid in order to make sure your proposal stands out and stays clear of potential pitfalls:

Lack of Individualization:  Using a generic or templated proposal without adjusting it to the client’s unique needs and objectives can come across as careless and disconnected. Personalize your proposal to show that you are aware of the client’s problems and how your proposed solutions will solve them.

Uncertainty in Objectives:  Failure to establish precise, quantifiable objectives may cause uncertainty and a lack of concentration. Make sure your proposal contains clear objectives that the client can comprehend and assess.

Heavy Focus on characteristics:  If you place too much attention on the characteristics of your services rather than the advantages and results for the client, your proposal may not be as appealing. Clients are interested in how your methods will address their issues and produce outcomes.

Ignoring the Target Audience : If you don’t clearly define how your tactics will appeal to the client’s target audience, your proposal’s relevance and impact will suffer.

Insufficient Research:  Making recommendations without completing in-depth market research and data analysis can make your proposal seem unreliable. Based on sound research and insights, develop your strategies.

Uncertain time frame : Clients may be unsure of the project’s duration and scope if there isn’t a clear timeframe for the intended activities. The timetable and milestones should be clearly stated.

Neglecting Proofreading:  is important since submitting a proposal that contains grammatical, typographical, or formatting issues tarnishes your professionalism and credibility. Always double-check your writing before submitting.

Can I use marketing proposal examples as-is for my own business?

While you can use marketing proposal examples as a reference and source of inspiration, it is essential to customize them to suit your specific business needs, goals, and target audience. A one-size-fits-all approach may not effectively address your unique requirements, so tailoring the proposal will ensure it aligns with your company’s objectives and maximizes its potential for success.

How long should a marketing proposal be?

The complexity of the project and the client’s particular requirements can affect the length of a marketing proposal. However, it’s typically advised to keep the proposal brief and concentrated. Without including any additional attachments or supporting documents, aim for a length of 5–10 pages.

How do I make my marketing proposal stand out?

Consider customizing your marketing proposal to the client’s particular requirements and objectives, and make it abundantly obvious how your marketing methods will alleviate the client’s problems and produce results. Use a  marketing proposal template  with charts, graphs and infographics to add visual appeal to the proposal and to demonstrate the knowledge and experience of your team in the field. Finally, present your proposal in a polished and visually appealing manner. Include case studies or testimonials from prior successful marketing efforts.

How do I format my marketing proposal?

Your marketing proposal should be presented in a polished, well-organized and visually appealing manner. To organize the material, think about utilizing headings and subheadings. Also, make sure to utilize a unified font and color design. Include visual components in the proposal, such as pictures, graphs and graphics to make it more interesting. 

Are marketing plans and marketing proposals the same?

In the context of marketing strategy, a marketing plan and a marketing proposal serve different functions. A marketing plan is a thorough internal strategy document that defines a company’s overall marketing strategy over a long period of time. A marketing proposal, on the other hand, is a client-focused document that gives a detailed plan and strategy for a specific project or campaign in order to secure a client’s business. As a business, you can  create a marketing plan  with strategies that will be covered more in depth in the business proposals that you make.

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A research proposal systematically and transparently outlines a proposed research project.

The purpose of a research proposal is to demonstrate a project’s viability and the researcher’s preparedness to conduct an academic study. It serves as a roadmap for the researcher.

The process holds value both externally (for accountability purposes and often as a requirement for a grant application) and intrinsic value (for helping the researcher to clarify the mechanics, purpose, and potential signficance of the study).

Key sections of a research proposal include: the title, abstract, introduction, literature review, research design and methods, timeline, budget, outcomes and implications, references, and appendix. Each is briefly explained below.

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Title: The title should present a concise and descriptive statement that clearly conveys the core idea of the research projects. Make it as specific as possible. The reader should immediately be able to grasp the core idea of the intended research project. Often, the title is left too vague and does not help give an understanding of what exactly the study looks at.

Abstract: Abstracts are usually around 250-300 words and provide an overview of what is to follow – including the research problem , objectives, methods, expected outcomes, and significance of the study. Use it as a roadmap and ensure that, if the abstract is the only thing someone reads, they’ll get a good fly-by of what will be discussed in the peice.

Introduction: Introductions are all about contextualization. They often set the background information with a statement of the problem. At the end of the introduction, the reader should understand what the rationale for the study truly is. I like to see the research questions or hypotheses included in the introduction and I like to get a good understanding of what the significance of the research will be. It’s often easiest to write the introduction last

Literature Review: The literature review dives deep into the existing literature on the topic, demosntrating your thorough understanding of the existing literature including themes, strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the literature. It serves both to demonstrate your knowledge of the field and, to demonstrate how the proposed study will fit alongside the literature on the topic. A good literature review concludes by clearly demonstrating how your research will contribute something new and innovative to the conversation in the literature.

Research Design and Methods: This section needs to clearly demonstrate how the data will be gathered and analyzed in a systematic and academically sound manner. Here, you need to demonstrate that the conclusions of your research will be both valid and reliable. Common points discussed in the research design and methods section include highlighting the research paradigm, methodologies, intended population or sample to be studied, data collection techniques, and data analysis procedures . Toward the end of this section, you are encouraged to also address ethical considerations and limitations of the research process , but also to explain why you chose your research design and how you are mitigating the identified risks and limitations.

Timeline: Provide an outline of the anticipated timeline for the study. Break it down into its various stages (including data collection, data analysis, and report writing). The goal of this section is firstly to establish a reasonable breakdown of steps for you to follow and secondly to demonstrate to the assessors that your project is practicable and feasible.

Budget: Estimate the costs associated with the research project and include evidence for your estimations. Typical costs include staffing costs, equipment, travel, and data collection tools. When applying for a scholarship, the budget should demonstrate that you are being responsible with your expensive and that your funding application is reasonable.

Expected Outcomes and Implications: A discussion of the anticipated findings or results of the research, as well as the potential contributions to the existing knowledge, theory, or practice in the field. This section should also address the potential impact of the research on relevant stakeholders and any broader implications for policy or practice.

References: A complete list of all the sources cited in the research proposal, formatted according to the required citation style. This demonstrates the researcher’s familiarity with the relevant literature and ensures proper attribution of ideas and information.

Appendices (if applicable): Any additional materials, such as questionnaires, interview guides, or consent forms, that provide further information or support for the research proposal. These materials should be included as appendices at the end of the document.

Research Proposal Examples

Research proposals often extend anywhere between 2,000 and 15,000 words in length. The following snippets are samples designed to briefly demonstrate what might be discussed in each section.

1. Education Studies Research Proposals

See some real sample pieces:

  • Assessment of the perceptions of teachers towards a new grading system
  • Does ICT use in secondary classrooms help or hinder student learning?
  • Digital technologies in focus project
  • Urban Middle School Teachers’ Experiences of the Implementation of
  • Restorative Justice Practices
  • Experiences of students of color in service learning

Consider this hypothetical education research proposal:

The Impact of Game-Based Learning on Student Engagement and Academic Performance in Middle School Mathematics

Abstract: The proposed study will explore multiplayer game-based learning techniques in middle school mathematics curricula and their effects on student engagement. The study aims to contribute to the current literature on game-based learning by examining the effects of multiplayer gaming in learning.

Introduction: Digital game-based learning has long been shunned within mathematics education for fears that it may distract students or lower the academic integrity of the classrooms. However, there is emerging evidence that digital games in math have emerging benefits not only for engagement but also academic skill development. Contributing to this discourse, this study seeks to explore the potential benefits of multiplayer digital game-based learning by examining its impact on middle school students’ engagement and academic performance in a mathematics class.

Literature Review: The literature review has identified gaps in the current knowledge, namely, while game-based learning has been extensively explored, the role of multiplayer games in supporting learning has not been studied.

Research Design and Methods: This study will employ a mixed-methods research design based upon action research in the classroom. A quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test control group design will first be used to compare the academic performance and engagement of middle school students exposed to game-based learning techniques with those in a control group receiving instruction without the aid of technology. Students will also be observed and interviewed in regard to the effect of communication and collaboration during gameplay on their learning.

Timeline: The study will take place across the second term of the school year with a pre-test taking place on the first day of the term and the post-test taking place on Wednesday in Week 10.

Budget: The key budgetary requirements will be the technologies required, including the subscription cost for the identified games and computers.

Expected Outcomes and Implications: It is expected that the findings will contribute to the current literature on game-based learning and inform educational practices, providing educators and policymakers with insights into how to better support student achievement in mathematics.

2. Psychology Research Proposals

See some real examples:

  • A situational analysis of shared leadership in a self-managing team
  • The effect of musical preference on running performance
  • Relationship between self-esteem and disordered eating amongst adolescent females

Consider this hypothetical psychology research proposal:

The Effects of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Stress Reduction in College Students

Abstract: This research proposal examines the impact of mindfulness-based interventions on stress reduction among college students, using a pre-test/post-test experimental design with both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods .

Introduction: College students face heightened stress levels during exam weeks. This can affect both mental health and test performance. This study explores the potential benefits of mindfulness-based interventions such as meditation as a way to mediate stress levels in the weeks leading up to exam time.

Literature Review: Existing research on mindfulness-based meditation has shown the ability for mindfulness to increase metacognition, decrease anxiety levels, and decrease stress. Existing literature has looked at workplace, high school and general college-level applications. This study will contribute to the corpus of literature by exploring the effects of mindfulness directly in the context of exam weeks.

Research Design and Methods: Participants ( n= 234 ) will be randomly assigned to either an experimental group, receiving 5 days per week of 10-minute mindfulness-based interventions, or a control group, receiving no intervention. Data will be collected through self-report questionnaires, measuring stress levels, semi-structured interviews exploring participants’ experiences, and students’ test scores.

Timeline: The study will begin three weeks before the students’ exam week and conclude after each student’s final exam. Data collection will occur at the beginning (pre-test of self-reported stress levels) and end (post-test) of the three weeks.

Expected Outcomes and Implications: The study aims to provide evidence supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions in reducing stress among college students in the lead up to exams, with potential implications for mental health support and stress management programs on college campuses.

3. Sociology Research Proposals

  • Understanding emerging social movements: A case study of ‘Jersey in Transition’
  • The interaction of health, education and employment in Western China
  • Can we preserve lower-income affordable neighbourhoods in the face of rising costs?

Consider this hypothetical sociology research proposal:

The Impact of Social Media Usage on Interpersonal Relationships among Young Adults

Abstract: This research proposal investigates the effects of social media usage on interpersonal relationships among young adults, using a longitudinal mixed-methods approach with ongoing semi-structured interviews to collect qualitative data.

Introduction: Social media platforms have become a key medium for the development of interpersonal relationships, particularly for young adults. This study examines the potential positive and negative effects of social media usage on young adults’ relationships and development over time.

Literature Review: A preliminary review of relevant literature has demonstrated that social media usage is central to development of a personal identity and relationships with others with similar subcultural interests. However, it has also been accompanied by data on mental health deline and deteriorating off-screen relationships. The literature is to-date lacking important longitudinal data on these topics.

Research Design and Methods: Participants ( n = 454 ) will be young adults aged 18-24. Ongoing self-report surveys will assess participants’ social media usage, relationship satisfaction, and communication patterns. A subset of participants will be selected for longitudinal in-depth interviews starting at age 18 and continuing for 5 years.

Timeline: The study will be conducted over a period of five years, including recruitment, data collection, analysis, and report writing.

Expected Outcomes and Implications: This study aims to provide insights into the complex relationship between social media usage and interpersonal relationships among young adults, potentially informing social policies and mental health support related to social media use.

4. Nursing Research Proposals

  • Does Orthopaedic Pre-assessment clinic prepare the patient for admission to hospital?
  • Nurses’ perceptions and experiences of providing psychological care to burns patients
  • Registered psychiatric nurse’s practice with mentally ill parents and their children

Consider this hypothetical nursing research proposal:

The Influence of Nurse-Patient Communication on Patient Satisfaction and Health Outcomes following Emergency Cesarians

Abstract: This research will examines the impact of effective nurse-patient communication on patient satisfaction and health outcomes for women following c-sections, utilizing a mixed-methods approach with patient surveys and semi-structured interviews.

Introduction: It has long been known that effective communication between nurses and patients is crucial for quality care. However, additional complications arise following emergency c-sections due to the interaction between new mother’s changing roles and recovery from surgery.

Literature Review: A review of the literature demonstrates the importance of nurse-patient communication, its impact on patient satisfaction, and potential links to health outcomes. However, communication between nurses and new mothers is less examined, and the specific experiences of those who have given birth via emergency c-section are to date unexamined.

Research Design and Methods: Participants will be patients in a hospital setting who have recently had an emergency c-section. A self-report survey will assess their satisfaction with nurse-patient communication and perceived health outcomes. A subset of participants will be selected for in-depth interviews to explore their experiences and perceptions of the communication with their nurses.

Timeline: The study will be conducted over a period of six months, including rolling recruitment, data collection, analysis, and report writing within the hospital.

Expected Outcomes and Implications: This study aims to provide evidence for the significance of nurse-patient communication in supporting new mothers who have had an emergency c-section. Recommendations will be presented for supporting nurses and midwives in improving outcomes for new mothers who had complications during birth.

5. Social Work Research Proposals

  • Experiences of negotiating employment and caring responsibilities of fathers post-divorce
  • Exploring kinship care in the north region of British Columbia

Consider this hypothetical social work research proposal:

The Role of a Family-Centered Intervention in Preventing Homelessness Among At-Risk Youthin a working-class town in Northern England

Abstract: This research proposal investigates the effectiveness of a family-centered intervention provided by a local council area in preventing homelessness among at-risk youth. This case study will use a mixed-methods approach with program evaluation data and semi-structured interviews to collect quantitative and qualitative data .

Introduction: Homelessness among youth remains a significant social issue. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of family-centered interventions in addressing this problem and identify factors that contribute to successful prevention strategies.

Literature Review: A review of the literature has demonstrated several key factors contributing to youth homelessness including lack of parental support, lack of social support, and low levels of family involvement. It also demonstrates the important role of family-centered interventions in addressing this issue. Drawing on current evidence, this study explores the effectiveness of one such intervention in preventing homelessness among at-risk youth in a working-class town in Northern England.

Research Design and Methods: The study will evaluate a new family-centered intervention program targeting at-risk youth and their families. Quantitative data on program outcomes, including housing stability and family functioning, will be collected through program records and evaluation reports. Semi-structured interviews with program staff, participants, and relevant stakeholders will provide qualitative insights into the factors contributing to program success or failure.

Timeline: The study will be conducted over a period of six months, including recruitment, data collection, analysis, and report writing.

Budget: Expenses include access to program evaluation data, interview materials, data analysis software, and any related travel costs for in-person interviews.

Expected Outcomes and Implications: This study aims to provide evidence for the effectiveness of family-centered interventions in preventing youth homelessness, potentially informing the expansion of or necessary changes to social work practices in Northern England.

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This is a template for a 2500-word research proposal. You may find it difficult to squeeze everything into this wordcount, but it’s a common wordcount for Honors and MA-level dissertations.

Your research proposal is where you really get going with your study. I’d strongly recommend working closely with your teacher in developing a research proposal that’s consistent with the requirements and culture of your institution, as in my experience it varies considerably. The above template is from my own courses that walk students through research proposals in a British School of Education.


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The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce that 17 Boise State students have been selected to receive awards for spring 2024 for $3,000 from Higher Education Research Council Fellowships and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Grants.

These grants were awarded to facilitate meaningful research projects for students and the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor. Students were nominated by faculty for these awards, and many will be presenting their work at the Undergraduate Research Showcase on April 19.

“We had more applications for these awards this past semester than ever before, making the competition extremely steep. There were so many excellent packages that we went out and solicited extra funds to make a few extra awards,” said Donna Llewellyn, executive director of the Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship.

Higher Education Research Council Fellowships were funded by a grant from the Idaho State Board of Education Higher Education Research Council specifically for STEM students. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Grants were funded by the generosity of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship.

Students interested in applying for research and creative activity grants in fall 2024 can learn more here .

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity grant-winning students

  • Claire Cunningham Sophomore majoring in theatre, film and creative writing Faculty mentor: Richard St. Ofle, clinical assistant professor of dramatic writing Project title: “Banned”
  • Hannah Biggs Sophomore majoring in theatre, film and creative writing Faculty mentor: Ryan Cannon, associate professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing Project title: “Stolen Laughs”
  • Jamie Hudson Senior majoring in interdisciplinary professional studies Faculty mentor: Jennifer Mallette, associate professor of English Project title: “Increasing equitable access to experiential education opportunities for adult learners”
  • Joseph Wargo Junior majoring in theatre, film and creative writing Faculty mentor: Taryn Birdsall, lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing Project title: “This Isn’t About You”
  • Katelyn Stedtfeld Junior majoring in art, design and visual studies Faculty mentor: Astri Snodgrass, assistant professor of art Project title: “The Better Me”
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  • Amelia Jobe Senior double majoring in computer science and sociology Faculty mentor: Michael Kreiter, lecturer of sociology Research topic: “How do technology-related job listings with masculinized ideals of merit in their job description perpetuate gender gaps in the technology workforce?”
  • Ethan LaHaug Senior majoring in psychological science Faculty mentor: Jaclyn Kettler, associate professor of political science and National Education for Women’s (NEW) Idaho Leadership Coordinator Research topic: “Are Separately Elected Lieutenant Governors More Likely to Seek Other Statewide Offices?”
  • Giada Brandes Junior majoring in mechanical and biomedical engineering Faculty mentor: Erin Mannen, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering Research topic: “Biomechanics of Breathing, Infant Hip Biomechanics, Infant Rolling and Safety of Infant Gear”
  • Jadyn Hart Senior majoring in mechanical and biomedical engineering Faculty mentor: Todd Otanicar, professor and department chair of mechanical and biomedical engineering Research topic: “Flux Mapping for a high flux solar simulator”
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  • Miranda Trester Junior majoring in biological sciences Faculty mentor: Stephanie Hudon, principal research scholar and clinical program director in the Public Health Laboratory Research topic: “Disease surveillance with screening bacteria, viruses, and AMR markers sequenced from collected samples”
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    Research proposals. Your research proposal is a key part of your application. It tells us about the question you want to answer through your research. It is a chance for you to show your knowledge of the subject area and tell us about the methods you want to use. We use your research proposal to match you with a supervisor or team of supervisors.

  24. Students win funding for excellent research and creative activity proposals

    Research topic: "Biomechanics of Breathing, Infant Hip Biomechanics, Infant Rolling and Safety of Infant Gear" Jadyn Hart Senior majoring in mechanical and biomedical engineering Faculty mentor: Todd Otanicar, professor and department chair of mechanical and biomedical engineering Research topic: "Flux Mapping for a high flux solar ...