Writing a research proposal. A workshop run by Research Design Service London 20 th July 2010. Content. Reasons why proposals do not attract funding What are reviewers looking for? Strategy for putting together a strong funding application Presentation and style
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run by Research Design Service London
20th July 2010
Content matters, but presentation and style are crucial
Title – specific, captivating, short and clear
“An alternative means to detect osteoporosis”
“Osteoporosis : A rapid inexpensive screening test for early detection”
Background – concise yet thorough, persuasive, well referenced
Convince reviewers that you are up to date and familiar with your area of research. Should lead to the conclusion that your proposed question needs to be answered and the proposed study is the best next step.
Aims and objectives – specific, realistic, consistent
Describe what you intend to achieve overall (aims) and the steps involved (objectives). Link them to methods, a timetable and outcomes
Research question and hypothesis – focused, linked to aims
Methods – detailed, justified
Outcomes, outputs – significant, beneficial, generalisable
Describe contribution to knowledge, importance for future research, likely benefits to patients, broader relevance, exploitation.
NIHR RfPB, Programme Grants successful applications (summaries)
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