Developing a research design and writing a research proposal
Here are links to resources that can help in developing your research projects. Research design is the systematic formulation of a viable problem statement and the methods and procedures by which you will go about approaching that problem. The proposal is similar, but geared toward a specific end, such as a thesis proposal or a grant application, often with detailed format requirements.
Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon, "On the Art of Writing Proposals," Social Science Research Council [PDF]
Sydel Silverman, "Writing Grant Proposals for Anthropological Research," Current Anthropology 32(4): 485-489. [PDF]
Nithikul Nimkulrat and Tim O'Riely, Reflections and Connections: On the Relationship Between Creative Production and Academic Research. University of Art and Design Helsinki, 2009. [PDF]