In March, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper titled 'A large hypertext database with typed links': 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 did not prove successful and CERN did not give a 'green light' to the project. The indications are that the proposal was not ambitious enough, and it ultimately did not inspire enough members of CERN, so as to gain a momentum for funding.
However, Berners-Lee did not 'throw in the towel': instead, he asked for assistance from Robert Cailliau to help him write a proposal which would inspire the members of CERN to fund a 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.