Guidelines for Project Proposals

According to the Swedish Research Council, a research plan should include the following headings in order:

Given that you are not (yet) established researchers, you may not have much to say under the headings Significance and scientific novelty and Preliminary and previous results. Similarly, the subheading Project organization is less relevant for a one-person project. These sections (marked by an asterisk) are therefore optional. This means that you can use them if you have something relevant to say, but you should exclude them otherwise.

Of the remaining (obligatory) sections, you should devote at most half a page to Purpose and goals, at most one page to State of the art, and at least one and a half page to Project description. The entire proposal should be at most 3 pages long (and not much shorter), , excluding references (i.e. there should be maximum 3 pages of contents, but there can be additonals pages with references.) The length requirement is strict, and you will not be able to reach a higher grade if your proposal is too long.

Note that project proposals are often evaluated by relatively broad panels who are not necessarily experts on specific subjects. Language technology projects are typically evaluated by panels either on linguistics and languages or computer science. It is thus important that your proposal is accesible also to non-experts in language technology. You need to balance a general description of your topic, with enough technical details.


You should use the following LaTeX document as a template for your proposal: project-proposal.tex. In order to process the file, you will also need the following example bib file: project-proposal.bib.