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The Grant/Research Support Team (GReST) in the DFM Research Hub is available to assist you in all aspects of preparing your research project. From writing your proposals, seeking funding, and completing applications to poster formatting and presentations – we are here to help. Contact Research Manager, Agnes Dallison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info about GReST and our services.




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The DFM Research Hub maintains a list of current Funding Opportunities that may be of interest to faculty. View the list HERE. 


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Support for Faculty Research

Taking on a research project, or even a small writing project, is much like embarking on a journey to an unknown destination. You know you must go, but uncertainty as to what you need for that journey, and where to start, can be paralyzing. Most people who do research and writing for a living find that starting a new project, or starting to write-up results of the project is the most difficult part. Just as an experienced traveler does before embarking on a journey to a new destination, it will be helpful to take stock of what you will need along the way as well as get a map to your destination.

Sometimes on a journey it helps to have a guide point you in the direction you will want to go. So to help you articulate what you need to do, how you will do it, and what resources you need to see your project through to completion, I have created a number of templates to help frame your thoughts that should guide you through your projects.

Planning Research

The “Step 1” research planning template asks you to provide brief statements about each aspect of a research project and to provide a brief rationale for each (e.g., justify the inclusion of a method). The template is divided into “what” and “how” sections to help you clarify what you are doing and how you will do it. Once you have filled out this template you will have a directions to your goal of writing up your project proposal, a paper, or grant/ethics application. You will find that this template will be useful when you speak with others about your project at meetings, and for purposes of recruiting partners. 

  • Step 1 Research Project Proposal Planning Template

The “Step 2” research planning template asks you to build on “Step 1” by providing more detail, situating your topic, research question, and hypotheses in relation to a body of scholarly work and theory, and develop a more complete plan including ethical considerations, interview, focus group, or survey, questions, and so on. Once you have completed Step 2 you will have a sufficient protocol to submit to a Research Ethics Board. 

  • Step 2 Proposal Protocol Template

Planning Publications

In the “Publication Planning Template” I have provided the elements of a paper outline with some examples to you think through how you might approach your own paper. Having an outline is an essential part of writing up any project as it will make all the elements of what you need in your paper visible to you thereby keeping you on track from the beginning to your conclusion. Once your template is complete you will just need dedicated time to sit down and write the actual paper.

  • Publication Planning Template

Writing Resources

Remember, that papers can’t be written unless you schedule time on a regular basis for your writing and protect it like a precious resource that all sorts of invaders (e.g., colleagues, students, spouses, children) will try to steal from you. Your writing time is for writing, you should not compromise it for anything. Colleagues, students, and family should understand that one of the requirements of your job is to write, and you can’t do that unless they respect the time that you have set aside for that purpose.

Writing a publication may mean more than simply putting words to paper, it also includes all of the activities you need to do in order to write including: literature review, data analysis, preparing tables or figures, and so on.

The best way to learn how to write, and write well, is to read anything but academic publications. Academics are notoriously bad writers. Reading about writing can be even more formative, as experienced writers share their psychological hangs ups, creative process (often just sitting and getting whatever is in their head on to paper), and strategies for holding themselves accountable for producing results. Below I provide some resources on writing that are well regarded and which I have found interesting and useful.


Books on Writing

Clark, Roy Peter. 2008. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. New York: Little, Brown, and Company. 

King, Stephen. 2010. On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft. New York: Scribner.

Kramer, Mark, and Wendy Call. 2007. Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Cambridge, MA: Plume. 

Silva, Paul J. 2006. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Strunk, William, Jr., and E.B. White. 1999. The Elements of Style. London, UK: Longman.

Wolf, Jurgen. 2012. Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication – Everything you Need to Know About Writing Novels, Non-fiction, New Media, Scripts and Short Stories. Boston, MA: Nicholas Brealey Publishing. 


Other Resources

Jurgen Wolf wants to be your writing coach. He regularly blogs and tweets on writing related topics.

Roy Peter Clarks’ “Writing Tools” book has also been published in bits and pieces via blog posts. The 50 point form tools are stated HERE. One of his most helpful tools “Cut Big, Then Small” is published HERE. You can dig around on his Poynter blog to find other writing tips and advice. 


Miscellaneous Resources


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