Make cartoons using a scientific drawing program. Your proposal will be returned to your supervisor, who will discuss the comments received with you. Second, good drawings are very valuable. Stute, H.
Proposals often contain figures from other articles. Simpson and Hays cite more than double-author references by the surname of the first author followed by et al.
Other scientists will understand your paper better if you can make a drawing of your ideas. A well chosen and well labeled figure can reduce text length, improve proposal clarity, and aid the reader in developing an image of the work proposed.
You should have read your proposal over at least 5 times before handing it in. Most often the introduction should be written next to last. If necessary you will be asked to rewrite the proposal in light of these comments, and once completed you should re-submit it to your supervisor, who then will inform the graduate coordinator that the proposal is complete.
Putting aside the background literature, we recommend the remainder of your proposal be no more than 10 pages in length.