Monday, April 23, 2012

Writing a research plan: Where do I start?

When drafting your research plan, first you need to make sure to come up with a good idea.  Presumably, if you are trying to write a grant proposal, you have completed graduate work in a particular field.  Start with what you know.  What has the focus of your experience been?  Who are your potential collaborators, and in what areas have they published?  Work on refining your idea before you start to write.  It will save you time so you do not have to rewrite sections. 

Once you have narrowed down your research question and are ready to draft your proposal, view this excellent tutorial from NINDS.  It will help you to understand the basics of writing a research plan and provide tips to help you draft your research strategy section.

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