The methodology generally refers to the theory to be used to justify the use of the particular research methods that you are choosing to use.
You may use more than one methodology to inform your method of research.
This summary is known as the abstract, and should demonstrate to the reader the most important parts of each of the sections of the research proposal in around 200 words.
It is often useful to write the abstract last, after the rest of the research proposal has been written and fully thought out.
Either way, it is important that you are able to plot the intended progress of the project from start to finish.
If you intend to produce any outputs, reports, findings then they should be inserted into this schedule.
You need to be able to demonstrate that your research is possible within a given timeframe.
You may be able to define your own timeframe, or the institution for which you are writing a proposal may have a set timeframe that you will need to work within.
This section should provide detail about the background to the research question.
In this section you will need to demonstrate an understanding of the existing literature and research studies within the area of your proposed research topic.