Concept papers should range from 1 - 2 double-spaced pages (250-500 words).
Sometimes we refer to our research hypothesis as our thesis or theses (plural).
If research hypotheses involve quantitative data, they may be tested statistically through statistical hypothesis testing.
Academic research involves a special methodology that is not the same as that used by a journalist or the casual inquirer.
Nevertheless, as the diagram shows, a variety of forces can stimulate one's curiosity: something read in a newspaper or heard on the news, material covered in classes, personal experience....
Funders often ask for a one- or two-page concept paper prior to submission of a full proposal.
This helps the funder save time by eliminating ideas that are not likely to be funded and may also serve as a platform for further discussion with the funder’s program officer.
Essentially, the Concept Paper acts as a tentative proposal; it allows the doctoral student the opportunity to define a research focus and obtain early feedback on the research idea.
A well-planned Concept Paper will capture the interest of the dissertation committee and establish a clear plan for the student’s dissertation. The Research Concept Paper is completed prior to the dissertation proposal and serves as a development tool and summary of the planned dissertation. Depending upon the requirements of the specific school or academic program, the Concept Paper may range from as few as 2-3 pages to as many as 10-20 pages.
A description of how the methods that the researcher plans to use to answer the research question.
All research projects need a concept paper: a short summary that tells the reader what the project is, why it is important, and how it will be carried out.