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Assessing Your Background
If your proposal idea stems from recent work, take time to compile a data packet or write a summary and submit it to a professional journal for publication, if you have not already done so.
If you are planning a program that will require involvement of other University departments or community organizations and you have not yet established a planning team, make that your first priority.
Reviewers are looking for a proven track record of success. If you have not yet established a successful track record in the subject area of your proposed project, consider teaming up with a senior investigator in that field or consider partnering with another department or organization.
Again, take a look at your track record. In many cases, you may be qualified to conduct most, but not all, of the project work. In these cases, identify collaborators for that part of the research or program which is outside your area of expertise. For example, you may be well qualified to collect data on your proposed topic but may not have the expertise to perform the necessary statistical analyses of the data. In this case you would want to identify a qualified statistician to perform statisitical evaluation of the data.
Reviewers are interested in knowing how much time you will be able to commit to a project. If you are already juggling several commitments and will not be able to commit an adequate percentage of your time to the project if it is funded, consider reducing your other commitments to accommodate the time your proposed project will require.
If you are working with a project team, ask team members to determine what resources their organizations will be able to commit to the project, including how much staff time will be available for the project. Clarifying expectations up front is essential to successful project planning, implementation and evaluation.
Reviewers look for continuity in an investigator's career and they reward expertise. Choose research projects that support your career interests and goals.
Reviewers look for continuity and commitment in organizational programming. Choose funding opportunities that will help you and your partnering organizations reach your common goals.