This is a primary, comprehensive textbook for people who are considering undertaking a piece of health-related research. It is an accessible companion with the aim of getting the reader to think broadly about all of the issues that need to be considered when embarking on a project. This is a pragmatic book, a step-by-step guide to research which mirrors the structure of a research project, taking you through the thought process for designing and conducting your study from formulating the right research question at idea inception, ascertaining what methodologies and analysis can answer what type of questions, right through to dissemination, all presented in an easy, digestible style. The book is full of case study illustrations and practical tips such as how to work out a research budget and obtaining funding for your project, discussion of what permissions need to obtained when conducting research with people, and how to involve public and patients. The authors are all experienced researchers and so this book is an accumulation of collective wisdom on common research challenges and issues.
Chapter 4: Developing an Effective Research Proposal
Developing an Effective Research Proposal
- Understand the need for matching the research you propose to the requirements of the funding organisation
- Appreciate the importance of clear communication and targeted writing in funding applications.
- Be aware of the timescale and tasks involved in writing a proposal
- Gain useful tips and hints on what makes a good application
Previous chapters have demonstrated that successful research starts with a meaningful and well worked out question; future chapters will consider the importance of well-founded and appropriate research methods, and will provide insight into designing studies which are scientifically robust. Here we consider the medium through which these elements are to be communicated when seeking funding and how best to make your case for support, ...