Like the rest of the document, apart from block quotations, it should be double-spaced and laid out clearly.
A good title structure can often be “Short Title: Longer Explanation of Your Field”.
Your academic institution may have a preferred format for the title, or even a title page. If there is no preferred format, keep it simple and clear, and use a ‘serif’ font that is easily legible. This summarises the central theme of your research.
Some sections also include suggested content templates to be filled in, but given the nature of a research proposal as academic, this can unfortunately only be limited.
Please also note, the abstract, contents page, introduction and references should always appear on new pages on a printed document. Panda Tip: This should be clear and concise, while leaving the reader in no doubt as to your field of study.
In any case, it is important to keep your tone formal and academic, while still being as clear and simple you can in your language.
Many people writing research proposals make the mistake of trying to over-complicate their language with the idea that it will make them sound academic / impressive.
Example There has been a Panda Tip: Length varies, but probably similar length to literature review.
This is where you sell your research proposal to the reader.
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