Preparing your “one page proposal”
When you have decided on a project and carried out some research and trial experiments, it is time to write your one page proposal. This helps you not only to organise your thoughts but also to prepare the case for your project.
The one page proposal is part of your online entry, and can be no more than 500 words long. We would advise that you write the proposal in Microsoft Word, or similar word processor and when you are happy with the content you should then cut and paste onto the online application.
The one page proposal should contain:
First, it would be helpful to indicate where you got the idea for this project and explain what is the purpose of doing the work, and how you propose to investigate the problem.
Next your description should say briefly what experiments you expect to do and show that the necessary equipment is available to you. Does your planning provide for sufficient time to carry out all the experimental work? What advice have you sought to help you?
Finally, you should give some indication of what findings you expect to obtain and how you will try to interpret the results. Overall the one page proposal should be considered as the research narrative about your project. It has to convey to the judges that yours is a scientifically interesting project, achievable in terms of the equipment available to you and the time needed to carry it through to completion.
Remember to mention any institutes or people you have contacted for information.
When you have completed the proposal please make three copies. Two of these must be given to your teacher as soon as possible. Keep the third one safe as a reference.
Although there may seem to be an area of overlap between the information sought from the one page proposal and the project details form, the idea is to give you an opportunity to write a descriptive piece about your study which will display your grasp of the topic. An extensive scientific vocabulary is not required. This concise description of your thoughts about the project and of the work that you intend to carry out is essential to the screening process.
A decision on whether or not a project qualifies for the Exhibition will be made on the basis of your initial application, so the one page proposal is very important.
The judges will screen all projects entered. All students will be communicated with as soon as possible afterwards to let them know if they have qualified or not for the Exhibition. As this process can take four or five weeks to complete, it is essential that students continue work on their projects while awaiting the decision.
The ‘one page proposal’ outlining your project idea, together with completed entry forms and fees, must be submitted by Saturday, 31 March 2018.