Writing a Research Proposal for Sponsorship or Funding

  • Debra Nestel
  • Kevin KunklerEmail author
  • Joshua Hui
  • Aaron W. Calhoun
  • Mark W. Scerbo


A main reason for writing a research proposal is to obtain funding or other non-monetary support. For this chapter, the purpose and predominant theme of writing a research proposal is for obtaining funds to support the research project. Many of our readers already know there is no one research proposal “formula” that can be applied to all funding applications. Many of the opportunities and application processes have similar steps and may request much of the same information, however one should not “cut and paste” a previous proposal into another organization’s or agency’s application process as there are significant differences. Proposals will need some degree of repackaging to properly align to what the organization or funding agency is seeking. This chapter will offer just a glimpse of some of those common steps, and address items that make healthcare simulation unique from a research application process. It will explore some common pitfalls that can result in a research proposal’s rejection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra Nestel
    • 2
    • 1
  • Kevin Kunkler
    • 3
    Email author
  • Joshua Hui
    • 4
  • Aaron W. Calhoun
    • 5
  • Mark W. Scerbo
    • 6
  1. 1.Monash Institute for Health and Clinical EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Austin Hospital, Department of Surgery, Melbourne Medical SchoolFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, University of MelbourneHeidelbergAustralia
  3. 3.School of Medicine – Medical EducationTexas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science CenterFort WorthUSA
  4. 4.Emergency MedicineLos Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser PermanenteLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Louisville School of MedicineLouisvilleUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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