The standard format for writing a proposal has three segments: the text, the budget and the supporting documents that include appendices, attachments or exhibits. The body of the text begins with a cover sheet containing information on the investigator and supervisor.
Some cover sheets include information such as the project summary, full contact information of the investigator and a signature block for any project officials. The cover page is followed by the title page containing a title that gives a description of the nature of the proposal. The abstract or project summary follows and contains a condensed version of the proposal addressing the questions and solutions found in the investigation. The table of contents is inserted next as a guide for the rest of the text.
The introduction gives a description of the research done during the investigation, the objective and the timeline of the project. Next, the investigator lists the goals of the completed project if the research is correct. This is followed with an assessment of the staff's ability to complete the project. The next section deals with the technical aspects of resources and literature from similar projects.
The proposal is wrapped up with a plan of action, methodology and design. This includes the time frame, the work site, staffing, equipment and sponsorship or budget needed to complete the project. The final part of the body is an evaluation utilizing the investigator's final thoughts on the estimated success of the proposed project.