Posted: January 7th, 2016
Elements of the proposal and how they will be marked
Concise and conveys the essence of the research question
Lay summary (no more than 150 words not included in the overall 2000-word limit; 10% of marks):
o A description of the research you propose, how you will do it, and why it is important, written in non-technical language (no references should be included in this section, as everything you write here will be formally laid out in your main proposal)
Note: The exact proportion of the word count to be devoted to each of the following sections will vary according to the content of each proposal; the figures given below are a rough guide.
Background (≈ 40% = 800 words, 35% of marks):
Set out clearly the background to your research proposal o Explain the significance of your specific research area in relation to fundamental questions in basic biosciences and/or human health Summarise any prior research related to the specific question that you propose to investigate Identify an area of controversy or uncertainty in which your proposal will add to existing knowledge, or a need for exploration of an entirely novel aspect o i.e., justify the research question which your proposal will address Identify relevant gaps in knowledge and/or limitations of previous work, including any limitations of earlier study designs or statistical analyses Should be extensively referenced
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