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Basic Tips- Generating Your Idea

Useful tips imageTake Time to Develop Your Preliminary Idea 

Generating a research/topic sometimes relies on multiple sources of inspiration. Doing all or a combination of the following is likely to help you develop some preliminary ideas: 

  • Explore Your Strengths & Interests

  • Connect with Networks 

  • Who in Your Network Might Partner

  • Spend Time Researching

Research Your Idea 

Once you have identified a topic that looks feasible, make sure you are aware of all the literature in that area. While reading and listening, keep distinct in your mind what is different between your work and others. 

  • Research Niche - Identify an area in which you can make contributions to your field. 
  • Long-Term Goals - Create a vision of a long-term process that your one-grant idea will impact

Assess Your Potential for Success: 

It is essential to realistically assess your idea’s potential for success by assessing yourself, your competition, and your idea’s funding potential. 

  • Assess Yourself , Your Team and Your Institution
  • Assess Your Competition 
  • Assess Your Funding Potential

Seek Input, Feedback & Refinement: 

A critical step in writing a successful grant application is to receive feedback from colleagues. Getting feedback at the idea stage is strongly recommended.