A good example of a concept paper is available on the website of the Washington D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development at DMPCD.dc.gov. Additionally, Providence College Academic Affairs department provides a template for writing a concept paper on its website, Providence.edu.
The purpose of a concept paper is to convince a funding agency that the project the author proposes is worthy of consideration and has a good chance of success. A strong concept paper is concise and includes an introduction that demonstrates a solid understanding of the agency's missions and goals. It also includes an overview of the proposed project, followed by more specific details, such as goals and objectives, research questions and timelines. The author typically addresses possible benefits of the project, anticipated outcomes and any associated costs as well.