Some examples of concept paper topics: the detrimental effects of spanking; the correlation between colors and mood; self-esteem in preteens; early childhood obesity and confidence; and freedom and self-efficacy. Concept papers are often used for research projects, and their topics are usually research based. However, they can be on any topic that the writer knows extensively, as the topic needs to be discussed in detail.
Concept papers provide a framework for a topic and usually function as drafts before the writer moves on to a final thesis or grant proposal.
Concept papers provide an in-depth analysis of a topic that is important to the writer. Usually it is an abstract idea that the writer discusses at length with some third party. In the case of grant funding, the third party is the organization from which the writer seeks financial assistance in order to pursue the project or concept. Individuals preparing to embark on a research project in order to graduate school use concept papers to decide if there is external interest in pursuing that line of inquiry. Often, the topic or concept is one that is controversial. It is the writer's job to present all of the information about the topic as objectively as possible.