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Develop An Idea

Identify a Fundable Research Topic

1. Clearly describe the problem, need, or area of research you want to get funded.

2. Collect and analyze background information - (journal articles, results of preliminary research, etc.) to ensure your idea is novel, relevant, and compelling.

3. Draft a short, well-crafted description of the problem/need/idea and present it to colleagues for a critical review.

4. Do you have the ability, capability and resources to pursue your idea?

5. Identify any preliminary research in the area you are pursuing or in a related area. Will your idea build upon this research?

6. Identify your competitors and their strengths and weaknesses. Do you know if they will submit a proposal? Have you considered collaborating with a potential competitor?