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Training “How to write a clear, structured and impacting research project?”    21 jan 2020

Training “How to write a clear, structured and impacting research project?”
21 jan 2020

Training “How to write a clear, structured and impacting research project?”

What?
In order to improve the success rate of FWO's Project Fundamental Research, the research coordination is setting up a guidance programme for experienced researchers to equip, train and support them in order to improve the quality, clarity, meaning and impact of the research projects submitted to FWO. The main goal of this interactive training is to improve their draft proposal. This implies that the training is only open to researcher who have already a draft proposal to work with.

The objectives of this interactive training are:

  • Enable experienced researchers to take ownership of the evaluation criteria for FWO Fundamental research projects
  • Learn and use tools & methodologies for clarifying, structuring and writing key ideas and argumentation

  • Optimize the writing of their research project

Workshop Programme? 

DAY 1: 20 February, 10:00-17:00

  • UNIT 1: APPROPRIATING THE CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING RESEARCH PROJECTS (FWO - FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH PROJECT)
    - Acting as a reviewer and providing constructive criticism on a draft research project.
    - Define an analysis grid, evaluate and criticize a research project

Participation of an expert reviewer of FWO projects
Point out areas for improvement

  •  UNIT 2: METHODOLOGICAL TOOLS FOR IMPROVING SCIENTIFIC QUALITY, RELEVANCE, CLARITY, & STRUCTURE
    - The basis: Writing a good and catchy research question (SMART)
    - Clarify and structure your project (5 W’s and 2 H’s & Mind Map)

  •  UNIT 3: METHODOLOGICAL TOOLS TO ANALYSE FEASABILITY OF A RESEARCH PROJECT
    - Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a project (SWOT) and a risk analysis (severity and plausibility of the risk)

INTERSESSION WORK (improving draft proposal 

DAY 2: 5 March, 10:00-17:00

  • UNIT 4: METHODOLOGICAL TOOLS FOR ANALYZING THE TIMING AND RESOURCES REQUIRED FOR A RESEARCH PROJECT
    - Estimate the workload and define the timeline (Gantt chart)
    - Take into account of the resources needed and the cost of the project

  • UNIT 5: COLLABORATION, RESEARCH TEAM
    - Show the adequacy, relevance and complementarity of the collaborators and the roles of each partner (Definition of Workpackages)

  • UNIT 6: KEY ARGUMENTATION, COMMON THREAD & CONSISTANCY
    - Self-evaluation of one's project with the tools learned
    - Finalize the plan of a project with the structure, key word and clear argumentation

Practicalities? 

  • 2 days of group training:
    - Thursday 20 February, 10:00-17:00
    - Thursday 5 March, 10:00-17:00
  • Campus Hasselt: Old Prison/ Oude gevangenis, Blue Meeting room/ Blauwe zaal.
  • This training is free of charge, but the number of participants is limited to 12 researchers due the interactive character of this workshop. Please register here before 10 February 2020.

    A draft proposal and presence on both training days are mandatory. In case more than 12 persons have registered for this training we will make a selection based on the research group or institute, to have a good distribution among the different entities. After the registration is closed, you will be informed whether you are selected to participate in this workshop.