Methodology and timing
This section will explain to the reviewer the "how" of the project:
- Explain in detail how the project will be carried out.
- Demonstrate to the reviewer that the project is feasible and has a reasonable plan.
- Describe what variables were chosen and why, control methods, and data collection.
- Describe the nature of the data analysis and the method of this analysis.
- If the mode of analysis is to be determined after the data are collected, indicate the anticipated methods.
- Include copies of questionnaires or other means of data collection in the appendix.
- Acknowledge error factors and outline the means for controlling them.
- If the methodology is new, novel to the field, or interdisciplinary, explain it carefully because it might be unfamiliar to reviewers.
- Remember to allow enough time in the proposed project period for data collection, analysis, and interpretation. If necessary, describe the project in phases. It will help the proposal's clarity. If a sponsor is unable to fund an entire proposal, it may fund certain phases. A re-application to the same or another sponsor can be made for phases the sponsor does not fund.