Office of the President (OP)
Development of a Research Proposal
The relevant Government Ministry must be consulted in the process of developing a research proposal and before finalised funding proposals are submitted to the funding agency. See Appendix 1 for a list of Ministries.
The finalised research proposal should only be submitted together with an application for a research permit after funding has been secured. However in the case of studies undertaken as partial fulfilment of an academic requirement, the research proposal and application for a research permit may be submitted prior to securing the funds.
A research proposal should include tools that will be used to conduct the study. If the research project is a multi-centre site study, then consent forms and permission slips to conduct the study from other sites (countries) must also be attached.
It must be emphasised that even at the stage where funding has been secured and general agreement has been reached with the relevant body in Botswana, the issue of a research permit is not necessarily automatic.