Objectives of doctoral research and of an engineering research project. Quality criteria and characteristics of doctoral research. Original and significant contributions. Impacts. Processes associated with basic research, technological development and innovation. Management of an engineering research project: definition, planning, execution and completion. Work breakdown structure of a research project. Organization of time, schedule. Key milestones. Deliverables. Strategies for mitigating technological and other risks. Resources and costs. Time management. Intellectual property. Ethics in research. Professional aspects related to a researcher career in engineering. Application: development of a first version of your research proposal in engineering and methodology of implementation. Critical analyzes and evaluations of research proposals in engineering of doctoral colleagues.