Key Steps in Developing a Research Proposal

September 07, 2023
Noon–1:00 p.m. ET

Hosted by the Social and Administrative Sciences Section

This webinar will guide participants through the process of developing a proposal for a research project. The session will begin by describing the purpose and utility of a research proposal and will then outline the sections of a research proposal (including title, background, methods, timelines, budgets, and appendices). Examples of content that can be included in each section of the proposal will be provided. Particular emphasis will be placed on the methods section, with examples provided for different types of study designs relevant to pharmacy. The process of refining and reviewing a proposal will be briefly discussed. The session will end with a question-and-answer discussion section where the audience can ask any questions they have to the presenters and further discuss any aspects of writing a research proposal.


  • Define the overall purpose of a research proposal 
  • Identify the literature gap and the significance of your proposal
  • Describe the innovation of a proposed research project
  • Develop writing skills to draft content for a project of interest
  • Discuss how to refine and review a research proposal 
  • Resolve any questions about writing a research proposal 


Marie Barnard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Mississippi


Rhys Axon, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
University of Arizona

Alina Cernasev, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee

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