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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Project Proposals

Proposals can vary depending on subject matter, purpose, audience, and size of the project being proposed. Most proposals contain the following basic categories in the order listed.

Tip:

Always read your assignment instructions carefully, and ensure you include the required components for your assignment. Different projects will use different headings.

Introduction

Provide a brief summary of the benefits of your project; why is it necessary and important?  This is where you hook your reader into wanting to learn more about the project.

Background

Provide the necessary background information on this project in detail.  Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the problem(s) that need to be addressed and previous research in the area (if any).

Project description

Explain exactly what you will do to complete your project.  Describe the methods you will be using, along with where the project will take place and the timeline for your project.  This section may also contain many sub-headings such as, but not limited to, Plan (or Methodology), Schedule, and Projected Results. Other sub-headings may be used depending on the needs of the client.

Supporting arguments

As a proactive researcher or employee, you should anticipate any questions or concerns your client may have about your ability to complete the project and address them in your proposal.  By comparing your project to similar research you have done and by providing a detailed proposal, you can show that you can stay on schedule, stay on budget, and be successful.

Budget

Depending on the requirements of the proposal, you may be required to provide a breakdown of the expected costs of the project. Prepare your budget carefully. An unrealistic budget will not help your proposal. Depending on the nature of your contract, there may legal restrictions on how the money is spent and on the responsibility for cost overruns.

Conclusion/Authorization

A conclusion or a document requesting approval for your project is also required. The conclusion should restate the main reasons for undertaking the project and why you should proceed with it. A request to make a formal presentation or a meeting may be made in this section.

Supporting material

Include any additional material that shows you will be able to successfully complete the project.  If you are working as a part of a team, you will include the qualifications of all the team members, related projects completed, and access to controlled facilities, such as a lab, that may be crucial to the success of your project. Supporting documents are normally placed as appendices after the conclusion.

Tip: 

Read your assignment instructions carefully. You may be required to include additional categories or information.