I'm writing a grant application for a 1.5-year research project in which

  • I'm the only member
  • a systematic literature review (some papers may be pay-walled) will be performed
  • the main study data (de-identified) have been already collected in a previous study
  • the only required logistics are an average computer (already provided by the University) and open source software.

Of course, the application includes conference presentations, travel to meet collaborators, and open-access publications, etc.

From the funders' perspective, what kind of risks that should be addressed in such a research project?

  • Is the funder asking about risks to human subjects? Your local IRB or equivalent would presumably find that the risks to human subjects from this kind of meta-analysis were tiny or non-existent. Commented Jun 2, 2019 at 15:07
  • Which funder? The funder I work for would view your team (if it really is just you being funded on the project) as too weak and risky to give money too. Others might have a different view, especially if your project is cheap.
    – rhialto
    Commented Jun 2, 2019 at 18:46

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I guess there could be many, but:

  • The existing data might not be good quality or sufficient quantity.
  • Reliance on a single person may lead to failure if they have health problems, or get a new job.
  • Thanks. How these risks could be effectively addressed in the application?
    – Orion
    Commented Jun 2, 2019 at 10:42

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