An RFP or request for proposal is a document that requests a proposal, either for a project proposal or for a book proposal. The RFP is a tool used to identify a candidate for a project. It typically includes directions for respondents to submit their proposals and then evaluated based on specific criteria.
The main purpose of an RFP is to provide guidelines to the vendor for how to accomplish and fulfill the project plan and needs of an organization. Another purpose of it is to document when a company wants to buy a product and wants to make its specs available to everyone.
Here are the steps in creating an effective RFP.