You can and should use your dissertation supervisor as a sounding board as you develop your thinking, although beware of bombarding them with enthusiastic and/or panicky emails.
It’s usually better to ask for a meeting to discuss your ideas, rather than trying to have a discussion by email.
Your research proposal may be a part of your dissertation, submitted in advance, or submitted as a separate piece of work.
You may also be required to write a research proposal as part of a grant application.
Always check your university or grant-awarding body’s guidelines to make sure that you’ve included all the necessary information, and that this is in the required format.
It is extremely annoying to have something rejected, or have to rewrite it because of a formality like the font size.
Once you have defined your research questions, you need to set out broadly what you plan to do to answer them, and why.
Everything that you do should have a clear reason ‘I thought it might be fun’ is not considered good enough.
Whether or not you are required to submit a research proposal before your dissertation, it is good practice to summarise what you plan to do, and why, before you start as it will help to keep your research on track.
A research proposal is a document in which you outline the case for undertaking the research project, your dissertation or thesis, and present your plans for carrying out the work.