A research prospectus is an abbreviated version of a full-blown research proposal. It is the natural next step after you have developed your research canvas . A research prospectus is a brief overview of the key components of a research study. These components together form the “DNA” of the research methodology design. The purpose is to build quality into the proposal process by getting this DNA right before launching into developing a full-blown proposal. Experience suggests that if the DNA is right, the proposal comes together much easier, is more likely to be internally consistent, and requires less rework .