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Methods, Outcomes, Significance


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Title: Methods, Outcomes, Significance

Methods, Outcomes, Significance
The obvious ....
  • Check aims and remit
  • Check guidelines, submission dates, additional
  • Signatures in advance
  • Check eligibility
  • Read selection criteria and write to them
  • Consider a reader or mentor (factor into time

Most grants
  • Project info
  • Project Title
  • Aims and Background
  • Methodology
  • Significance
  • Role/expertise of Personnel
  • Researcher info
  • Track record
  • Budget
  • Justification

Project information
  • Title depends on funder. If government keep it
  • Aims and Background
  • Enough info so that general reader can understand
    the context of your proposal.
  • Keep within word limit
  • Keep language general not aiming to confuse or
    wow the panel aiming to give them a sense of
    why it is important and where your work fits in
    existing framework

  • Overall aim is clarity
  • Irrespective of background of panel they will
    want to know specifically
  • What will you be doing
  • Why
  • How - in detail. Convince them that the methods
    make sense and will allow you to achieve
  • Give specifics numbers in data set/ methods
    (interviews etc). Explain recruitment. If you
    have privileged access tell them.
  • Keep it simple but clear and full, highlight key
    points (dot points etc)

Break it down if need be
  • Aims
  • The current project forms the first part of a
    larger project which will ultimately attract
    external funding. The overall aim of the project
    is to map the perceptions and interpretations of,
    Australian and New Zealand farmers and consumers
    to animal welfare and food production systems.
    The project has the following stages
  • Focus groups with students (SRSG support
    requested for this component)
  • Assessment of consumer attitudes in Australia
    (FRG support requested)
  • Assessment of farmer attitudes in Australia
    (external support will be requested)
  • Assessment of both farmer and consumer attitudes
    in New Zealand (external support will be

Do your homework
  • Check out the funding body
  • Who is likely to be on the panel how much
    explanation will be needed.
  • E.g. Qualitative researcher applying to funder
    with history of funding quantitative research
    may need to justify and carefully explain methods
    in more detail.

  • Be realistic but ambitious
  • Give specifics
  • It is expected that this pilot project will have
    the concrete outcome of allowing the researchers
    to devise a number of key questions assessing
    perceptions and interpretations of food processes
    and animal welfare. Additionally it is
    anticipated that the focus groups will bring to
    light broader issues such as topical concern over
    live exports. Such broader issues may lead to a
    publication in their own right and may also lead
    to the inclusion of unanticipated questions in
    the later stages of the overall research project.

  • Can break down into outcomes (generic) and
    outputs (specifics)
  • The following journals will be considered as
    suitable avenues for the dissemination of the
    results of this project
  • Animal Welfare (impact factor 0.796) Public
    acceptance of the Five Freedoms as a basis for
    animal welfare practices. This paper will be
    based solely on data gathered from this project.
  • Food Policy (impact factor 0.609) Public
    willingness to pay for animal welfare
    initiatives Impact on food choices. This paper
    will be based solely on data gathered from this
  • Additionally, we expect to submit later in
    2012/early 2013 an external funding application
    to continue phases two and three of the research
    (bear in mind rationale for funding here)

Institutional objectives
  • Think about the funder what are their
    priorities speak to them if possible
  • Other outputs
  • Beyond the above outcomes this project will fall
    within a comprehensive, interlinked series of
    research examining human-animal relationships.
    To date this research suite has attracted
    substantial media attention, community interest
    and support, and a significant number of both
    internal and external grants, and it is
    anticipated that the current project will
    contribute to this.

  • Find a way to let them know why you should be the
    one doing this research.
  • Consider adding Role of personnel or Applicant
    skills and experience if not already required.
  • Bear in mind funders objectives, e.g.
  • Already have several publications
  • outline tangible outcomes to date
  • consider situating proposal within suite of
  • if first application give indication you are
    thinking beyond this first piece.