Industrial Math - Alexiades
GUIDE on Preparing Proposals
The purpose of a proposal is to convince someone (upper management,
a funding agency) to fund your work.
It should describe the subject matter, the significance of the
problem to be studied, the methodology to be followed, what will
be delivered, a timetable of the work, and a budget !
Typically, proposals are organized as follows:
1. Introduction (Background/Significance)
2. Problem description
Here are some general guidelines for each part.
0. Title Page
A description of what this is about
Background information, context in which the issues arise
Significance/relevance of the subject matter
What is known about the problem
Importance of the problem to be studied
Qualifications of personnel involved in the project
2. Problem Description
Description of the problem to be studied
Questions/issues to be addressed
Expected impact of the proposed work
Description of how the problem will be approached
Name/characterize the methods/approaches to be used
Main features/advantages/disadvantages of proposed methods
What will be delivered at the end of the project
Duration of proposed work
Milestones: which task will be completed by when
Expected costs for personnel, materials, travel
Of course, some of these are perhaps irrelevant/inappropriate for
a project proposal, but it wouldn't hurt including whatever you
can come up with, be creative...