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Research development is a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.[http://www.nordp.org/about-us]
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Insider's tips on preparing the NSF Annual Report for Grants

Insider's tips on preparing the NSF Annual Report for Grants | Research Development | Scoop.it
If you were lucky to get funded in the recent past, you may have an NSF annual report due now or due soon.  Here is some advice on writing those reports. First, they are important because with thes...
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It always helps to learn from someone who has been through the experience. This blog post gives specific guidance and an outline. 

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The Art of Writing Grant Proposals: Part II - Writing an Effective Research Proposal

The Art of Writing Grant Proposals: Part II - Writing an Effective Research Proposal | Research Development | Scoop.it
As I have mentioned in the previous article, even if you are not yet in the world of grant application, it could be useful to inform yourself about it on time.
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YES!!! This is the most important feature of a strong proposal...


A good idea
Of course, without a genuine, original research theme you can’t even begin. The research you would like to do has to be significant in some way, from developing a new method to basic research. It should be new and useful for scientific community. This is very clear to everyone, but maybe it is more difficult to explain why your idea is so significant. The way to do it is to give in your proposal the answers to following questions:

What is the knowledge gap that you are trying to fill?What do you plan to do to fill that gap (methods), and what "answers" do you hope to generate (results)?If you fill that gap, how will it change the way we think and act in this research area?Why does it have to be done right know, why does it matter now?

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