In this example the lack of published scholarship is particularly important.) • Explaining the methods you intend to use to conduct your research.(Tip: Aim for descriptions of methods that will be both comprehensible to general readers and informative for experts.
This example is written specifically for a research grant, but the goals of telling readers what the research is, why it should be done and how the author plans to do it apply generally to almost all research proposals.
Relevant content, concise explanations and clear writing are essential for success.
The research project, the funding organisation, the manuscripts to be studied and the scholarly literature mentioned by the researcher are all fiction, but the presentation and description of the imaginary work are appropriate for a formal academic or scientific research proposal.
Content and language have been kept as simple and straightforward as possible to remain accessible to researchers in all fields, but this strategy tends to be successful for research proposals in any case because adjudication committees often consist of a variety of specialists and professionals selected from different disciplines and sectors.
James’s notes in that edition indicate his desire to prepare editions of the other two poems, but he never found the time amidst numerous projects to return to the Roberts and Northwestern manuscripts.
My own aspirations do not extend to critical editions, at least in the immediate future, but I am hoping to make a start on serious study of the poems and their marginal annotations by visiting the manuscripts in person.
I have already done this in the case of the Dark Duchess Manuscript, which was owned and annotated in the fourteenth century by Sir Ponderalot of Codecorum Manor.
My visit to the Codecorum Library allowed me to consult James’s unpublished manuscript notes, identify two new manuscripts as the property of Sir Ponderalot and discover the code to a unique system of symbols Ponderalot used in the annotations of the Dark Duchess Manuscript.
Given the social, sometimes radical and occasionally satirical implications of Ponderalot’s odd symbols in the Codecorum’s Dark Duchess Manuscript (see Maynere, 2017), I anticipate thoughtful and unusual comments in the Roberts and Northwestern manuscripts as well.
I also hope to trace the provenance and, if possible, uncover the identity of the original owners and annotators of both manuscripts.