By Jim Austin Jul. Just as rare are programs designed to help doctoral students and postdocs learn how to create a research plan. Which is too bad: Writing an effective research plan is tricky.
Link to PDF version of this advice What follows is a collection of advice for writing research grants to the National Science Foundation. This document focuses on writing proposals to NSF, but the general advice can be applied to writing any proposal. General advice Always read the RFP request for proposal to find out what the funders want.
They will give you money only if you can help them reach their goals. The goals of funding agencies public and private vary dramatically. Even within an agency, the style of proposals can be different among internal divisions. Find out about the agency, its goals, and its review system. All proposals should answer the following questions in one form or another.
What is the problem being addressed? What is the goal of the research being proposed? What is the hypothesis being tested? Why is the problem important and interesting?
What will you DO to address the problem? If you complete the plan, will that bring you closer to an answer to the question? Do you have the resources equipment, graduate students, access to industry Writing NSF proposals NSF is organized a lot like a university, except that instead of departments and colleges it has divisions and directorates.
The Program Directors PDs, also equivalently called program managers and program officers are like professors and a lot of them are professors on leaves of absence. They have areas of specialization which correspond to the research areas covered by their programs.
Beginning the Proposal Process. As with writing a regular academic paper, research proposals are generally organized the same way throughout most social science . American Chemical Society: Chemistry for Life. Good science, written well, makes a good research plan. As you craft and refine your research plan, keep the following strategies, as well as your audience in mind: So add “write research plans” to this week’s to do list (and every week’s for the next few months) and start writing. Writing a research plan casts your gaze forward and prompts you to begin planning for when you have your own laboratory. And if you've already started to think about your own lab, it will help you to refine your plans. So take a stab at writing a research plan, even if you don't expect to be on the job market for a while.
The division directors are like department chairs. They oversee the broad research areas covered by the programs and deal with administrative issues. The Assistant Directors are like Deans of Colleges. They lead the directorates and are responsible for the major research directions in Engineering, Physical Sciences, etc.
The Director of NSF, who is like a university president or chancellor, is responsible for the overall direction of Science and Engineering Research. This means that you may get to know a program director who may suddenly return to his or her university or may be reassigned to another program -- or that your program may be merged with a different program.
While this is disconcerting in the short run, in the long run it keeps programs from stagnating and helps NSF keep on the forefront of research areas.
Find out which program supports your research area.Key Info Background research is necessary so that you know how to design and understand your experiment. To make a background research plan — a roadmap of the research questions you need to answer — follow these steps.
Identify the keywords in the question for your science fair project. Beginning the Proposal Process. As with writing a regular academic paper, research proposals are generally organized the same way throughout most social science .
Lesson Plan: How to Begin Writing a Research Paper Michele McCarthy Department of Health Science and Recreation San José State University. American Chemical Society: Chemistry for Life.
Good science, written well, makes a good research plan. As you craft and refine your research plan, keep the following strategies, as well as your audience in mind: So add “write research plans” to this week’s to do list (and every week’s for the next few months) and start writing.
How to Write a Research Proposal in the Social Sciences & Humanities Kristi Govella SURF Social Science & Humanities Advisor. A research plan should tell how great the science is, not how great you are. Selling yourself is the job of your curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation.