An new book title of interest is: Developing effective research proposals by Keith Punch.
An extract from the publisher's website states:
This is your step-by-step guide to success with your research proposal. This new edition covers all sections of the proposal, telling you all you need to know on how to structure it, bring rigour to your methods section, impress your readers and get your proposal accepted.
With practical tips and advice throughout, new features include:
- comprehensive explanation of method and methodology, and how to maximize this crucial section of your proposal
- a new section on mixed methods: an increasingly common approach in research
- a new chapter on how to get it right with ethics
- fresh exercises and activities, now for each key chapter.