This is your step-by-step guide on how to write successful research proposals in the health sciences, whether it is for a thesis or dissertation review committee, an ethical review committee or a grant funding committee. Using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research approaches, follow the journey of Liang and Natasha, two fictional researchers who will help you complete your proposal alongside reading the chapters. This practical guide includes top tips from the authors, read-reflect-respond activities and examples of project plans to equip you with all the tools you need to succeed with your research proposal.

Writing an Ethics Proposal

Writing an Ethics Proposal

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Key terms/concepts

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  • Participant autonomy
  • Informed consent
  • Privacy
  • Confidentiality
  • Anonymity
  • Risk/benefit
  • Institutional ethics committee


In most countries, research regulatory bodies require that research involving humans or animals should be approved by an institutional ethical review committee. A proposal to such a committee must describe the potential ...

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