Questions tagged [research-proposal]

For topics pertaining to writing a formal statement on one's proposed research, usually for the purpose of obtaining funding or acceptance into a faculty position.

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Can a tweet be added to graduate research proposal?

Can I add a tweet by someone famous in the field into my research proposal to show why is it important? I am asking this because I have not seen anything like this but people do use quotes by famous ...
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Dollar amount of NSF grant

How do you decide how much money to request? Must you have a detailed list of costs? How much money can be taken by the PI, for instance, for summer pay? I really don't understand how the numbers ...
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Did my former supervisor steal my research proposal?

When I was a master student I worked in a PhD proposal with my master's supervisor. I applied with that proposal to obtain a scholarship from the university, however because I did not get the ...
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Is it okay if research problem is vague in the initial phase of research?

In short, I am a Ph.D. student computer science ( theory ) currently in the mid-stage. I have one serious doubt about the research process. I have worked on just two problems in the past and from that ...
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Is it normal for a PhD student to be asked to contribute to a grant proposal?

Is it common for a PhD student to be asked to contribute to a grant proposal (one of those that require faculty to submit them, the "big" ones)? I've been asked to write a small section but I'm ...
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Grant proposal: How to answer question about Promotion of equality and non-discrimination

I am working on a grant proposal. The topic of the proposal is in a technical study and do not have any direct social interaction. And the grant only provide salary for the applicant and project costs;...
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My supervisor is trying to “steal” my collaborators: what can I do?

I work as a postdoc in Prof. X's research group. I have my own funding and work on my own topics, which are related to X's interests. X is an expert in experimental work and I do simulations, on which ...
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How detailed should PhD proposal component of a PhD application be? [closed]

Some of the PhD positions I'm applying for (all in Europe, mostly UK, Germany, and Switzerland), require a research proposal as a mandatory part of the application. I'm confused about what exactly ...
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Is it normal that an advisor does not read the final version of the PhD proposal of his student before submission?

Recently, I submitted my PhD proposal. In my opinion, something really strange happened to me and that was: my adviser did not read the final version of proposal at all before submission! I started ...
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How to find grant opportunities for academic position?

I am a senior Ph.D. student in software security in Germany. I am looking for some grants for my postdoc. I have a proposal ready, but I do not know good enough about the grant opportunities. So, I ...
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Where to start with grant proposal writing [closed]

I finished my Ph.D. in Robotics in a French institution and I am moving to Switzerland for my PostDoc. For my new position, I am supposed to write a lot of grant proposals. I participated in writing ...
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No reply from PhD supervisor after meeting

I met up with a potential supervisor two weeks ago and they were very keen on my topic (on literature). They took a hard copy of my draft proposal to read and told me I will be contacted in a week. ...
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Sending the same proposal to multiple funding agencies

I am planning to submit a proposal for possible funding. There are three sources of funding I can apply for, and unfortunately the evaluation periods all three overlap. Typically there exists an ...
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What does a research proposal for PhD applications consist of?

Am presently trying to get PhD admission in somewhat reputed universities in India. However most of their application ask for a research proposal about which I have no idea. What does that mean and ...
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Can I deviate from my fellowship proposal?

I got the prestigious Marie Curie individual fellowship (postdoc). The proposal I wrote is good but I'm not sure if I want to stick to it 100%. What is the expectation for such fellowships in this ...
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What to do about a proposed research idea during the waiting period after submitting a grant proposal?

Grant proposals can take months until you hear back. What should researchers do during that period? Start working on the research since the idea could be implemented by others and publish without ...
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How to handle conflicting instructions when applying for a grant?

I'm applying for a grant renewal. There are subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the solicitation document and the submission instructions document with regards to which materials (e.g. the ...
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Are there any benefits for a researcher or university in terms of number of grants submitted?

I was talking with a faculty member and her strategy is to submit to as many grant proposals even if the quality is not high. And in fact, one of her grants was accepted. Are there any benefits for a ...
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Are there any reasons or benefits for the very long process of reviewing grant proposal?

I talked with some colleagues and it seems that the review process for most grants proposals (NSF, NIH,etc) are taking months (~6). This is probably not helpful for science and innovation. I ...
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PhD research, research doubts? [closed]

I am a computer science PhD candidate. I have been reading and learning a lot of my interested research area - and now it's time to formally defend my research proposal. There is a computer ...
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Does this imply that I am ineligible to apply for this grant? [closed]

Comment of grant reviewer in the field of chemistry: order to be eligible, your study must involve an inferential statistical test, and it appears your study will instead quantify the conditions ...
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Reasonable number of person-months for a full time academic? [closed]

I am currently applying for an Italian grant (a PRIN, precisely, in case someone is familiar with them), and in the application we have to indicate a number of person-months also for the PI and the ...
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Research Proposal topic for Master's

I'm a Computer Science graduate and gonna apply for Masters this year. I was thinking about my research proposal (or rather a problem statement) to submit during the application process and I had a ...
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Decline fellowship offer after writing proposal together

I am PhD student in my final months, and I know that I don't want to stay in academia forever. However, I wouldn't mind doing a postdoc for two or three years, because I really like the academic work. ...
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Asking about possible future collaboration

Last year, a researcher produced a nice dataset that happens to be uniquely well-suited for use in a study I plan to carry out. At this time, I am in the process of applying for funds. Does it make ...
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Writing a thesis proposal

I graduated last year and had been working on a problem. Now I have some progress and am interested in applying (non US places mostly, mathematical physics). How should I write a thesis proposal? I ...
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Do grant proposals with no funds for faculty members have higher chances of being accepted?

Some grant proposals mention that they only want funds for students and no funds for faculty such as summer salaries. Would this point increase the chances of being funded by some agencies? ...
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Resources for writing a good master's proposal?

I would like to write and submit a master's thesis proposal next year and do not know where to start. Does there exist a template or a step-by-step guide to help me get started? For instance: ...
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Difference between research question and research objective

What is the difference between research question and research objective? In my opinion, every research question can be paraphrased as a research objective and vice versa. Am I right?
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Grant award Dates (US)

I've been in a conversation with a professor about hiring me as a potential postdoc. Recently he sent me an e-mail saying he would like to accept me to his team, but he can do this only if he can get ...
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Talking about career plans given short supply of academic jobs?

Context: I am asked for my career plans and aims for development after graduation if I were accepted into a PhD program in pure mathematics under government funding from Country A. Dumb question: I ...
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Avoiding the appearance of name dropping in fellowship applications

When describing my research experience in fellowship applications, I will write something to the extent of "I began pursuing 'item X' under 'Professor Y'." Of course, I follow up with why I found the ...
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Citing non existence of a novel idea

Can someone please help me out here? I have a research proposal to present. I had a novel idea to present. First things first, I googled the idea and could not find it anywhere. So far so good. So I ...
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How to list proposals I assisted in writing on CV

In the case a Post-doc is not allowed to be a Co-PI on proposals submitted to NSF etc. i.e., some schools require PIs to add a "mentoring plan" for post-docs (for budgeting purposes). In the event the ...
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Can I cite an old book in my research proposal without having read it?

Here's a small dilemma. I have a few ideas that I am putting into the form of a research proposal. It borrows heavily from the insights of David Ricardo's Theory of Comparative Advantage. Now, the ...
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As a PhD student, can my name be included in a research grant to protect my ideas?

My ex-colleague (let's call her C) in the Lab is now a faculty member at a university. We have collaborated before in our work. Our works are similar in the methodology but different in the topic. In ...
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In a research proposal for a computer science Ph.D. application, should I use the mathematical equations or just text to explain my ideas?

I am writing a research proposal for Ph.D. admission. I am confused as to whether the research proposal for the Ph.D. application should be written like a formal paper. In a formal paper that I submit ...
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How to utilise university resources when doing an independent research masters?

I'm planning on undertaking a research masters in Earth Science or Geography within the UK. During my undergraduate, there were many lectures, exams, courseworks/reports and workshops. I utilised my ...
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Is it normal that the PhD research proposal of a candidate be completely written by his/her supervisor without them being involved?

I am enrolled in a doctoral school in which we have to submit a research proposal by the first year and it has to be accepted by a board. My advisor gave me the complete proposal and told me to submit ...
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Is it acceptable to graphically illustrate the steps of a research proposal?

I am currently preparing a research proposal with limited number of pages. As a picture is worth a thousand words; I was wondering if a graphic illustration could be provided that could highlight the ...
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When do you consider the writing of a theoretical framework to be complete?

As I am writing the proposal for my thesis, I am finding a lot of works to include in my theoretical framework with some items that take the spotlight because they are tied into my methodology. I'm ...
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What is the difference between aims and objectives in a research proposal?

Within the context of research (e.g., research proposal), what makes the Aims and Objectives different to one another? I am looking for a clear and simple answer. When I look around I often end up ...
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Good place to publish funded grant proposals

I have two grants and I would like to publish their proposals for which I received funding. Should I publish them in the first place? I think it would look good being transparent, and it would ...
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Should we use the rest of a grant that we have achieved its goal to make further research not very useful in the direction of proposal?

Imagine that we have achieved the goal of a grant before the money runs out. Should we use the rest of money to make the research more advanced even though it won't be useful in the direction of the ...
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Etiquette in asking for funding proposal example

I'm a postdoc and I have never submitted a research proposal. There is a funding project at my current University open to postdocs. I have a list of past winners and I'm tempted to ask for their ...
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Rules of thumb: when do you really hear good/bad news from NSF unsolicited proposals

Things keep changing and trends evolve. I submitted my first grant proposal in January. The "external review began on" date shows as late March, which is date when the NSF panel met (it was on the NSF ...
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Is it ethical to share names and emails of survey participants?

My friend has conducted a small pilot survey as part of research proposal and used anonymized results to present his case. Now adviser insists that my friend discloses names and emails of all the ...
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How to approach potential collaborators via email?

From your experience, what are some of the best ways to approach potential collaborators via email? Specially for post-docs approaching faculty members (not to join their schools/groups) but to work ...
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Submitting the same PhD proposal to multiple universities?

I am currently doing my masters and applying to do my PhD. I have been accepted at my current university, but I am waiting on a decision regarding funding. However, if I am unsuccessful with funding, ...
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Disclosing a proposal [closed]

My PI forwarded to me the proposal of a project I have to work on. Recently, a new postdoc arrived and he is supposed to write a proposal by himself. He asked me to forward the one I received from my ...