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Small Grants Fund: Project Report Guidelines

As stated in the funding guidelines, the Reinvention Centre requires a final project report, written to a standard suitable for publication on the Centre's website. This report should be a practical and accessible account of the project for the general academic reader. The final report should be of 1500 to 2000 words in length. We may suggest appropriate editorial changes.

Reports should be submitted to the Reinvention Centre electronically in either Word or rtf file format at reinvention at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Project Reports should be arranged under the following headings:-

Project title and title page

The title page should include the author's name, affiliation (e.g. Department of Sociology, University of Warwick), the date, name of the supervisor if any (e.g. sponsor Mike Neary) and should note that the project was funded by the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research.


A very short and accurate overview of your research, research findings, and the conclusions. The abstract should not exceed 150 words.

Keywords: 3 keywords plus the relevant disciplines


This section should include a clear statement of the research problem and main aims of the project. You should also include why you are studying it. This section should also describe clearly but briefly the background information of the problem and what has been done before (with literature citation) and draw a relationship between your research project and the scope and limitation of the previous works.


This section should include which methods you used to carry out your research and why these methods were preferred. You also need to provide a chronological account about how your project was carried out from the initial planning to its implementation.


If your research included data collection (more likely if you are working in a Science or Social Science area), this section should summarise the collected data and include any observation and statistical reports, tables, figures, maps, etc. which are required to analyse the data effectively.

Conclusion and outcome

This section should summarise the main conclusions of your research findings. Also add what you actually achieved throughout the project and reflect on the experience of undertaking research. This section should also include the ways in which you disseminated your knowledge both within and beyond your department and the university.


Provide a list of relevant bibliographical references, for example:


Anderson, M. and Woodrow, P. 1989. Rising from the ashes: Development strategies in times of disaster. Boulder: Westview Press.


Agarwal, B. 1990. 'Social security and the family: Coping with seasonality and calamity in rural India', Journal of Peasant Studies. 17(3): 341-412.

Edited article:

Bari, F. 1998. 'Gender, disaster, and empowerment: A case study from Pakistan', in Enarson, E. and Morrow, B. (eds.), The gender terrain of disaster: Through women's eyes. London: Praeger.


Beall, J. and Piron, L.H. 2005. 'DFID social seclusion review'. Available online [accessed on 2/12/05].

Supplementary information

If you wish to provide any information in other form, eg. photographs, film etc, please feel free to do so; however, this is not a requirement.