In March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper titled "A large hypertext database with typed links", distributed in May 1990, it was an early proposal for the development of the World Wide Web. The paper is still available to read, and can be found at the URL provided below:
The introduction to the paper is provided below:
The above proposal appears to be the same proposal as the one submitted to Berners-Lee's boss at CERN, Mike Sendall, which was titled "Information Management: A Proposal". The indications are that the proposal was favourable received by Sendall and other CERN researchers, but it was not ambitious enough, and it ultimately did not persuade the decision makers at CERN. Berners-Lee did not give up hope however: instead, he asked for assistance from Robert Cailliau to help him write an improved proposal that would successfully receive funding from CERN for a new global HyperText project. It took them roughly a year to release a new and improved proposal, named: "WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project". This proposal was published in November, 1990, and it did prove successful: Berners-Lee did receive funding for his HyperText project, and, the rest, as they say, is history.