The Research Summary

The Research Summary
SUMMARY
SUM·MA·RY
/ˈSƏMƏRĒ/
NOUN
A BRIEF STATEMENT OR ACCOUNT OF THE MAIN
POINTS OF SOMETHING.
THE BIG PICTURE
Engaging, reader onside, not frustrated, innovative, creative
SUMMARIES
Grant Agency – summary for committee (scientist but not your field)
Grant Agency – lay summary for public
Grant Agency – summary for press
Press Release Summary
HREB – lay summary
Summary of research completed.
Not an abstract!
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
AVOID A BLACK EYE
GRANT ALLOCATION
All eyes are on you!
We use the summary to identify the reviewer!
We use the summary to get a sense of your overall
competence.
NO SECOND
IMPRESSIONS
Summaries set the tone for the reader
Summaries may be the only element of a grant read by all.
Ten “attaboys” are needed to cover one “ah sh*t”
SCIENTIFIC STORY
TELLING
1.
Doing the next logical step
2.
Filling a gap
3.
Resolving a controversy
Write the summary based upon category above
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Middle paragraph should lead the reader to your purpose
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The purpose should not be a slap in the face!
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Will the design be adequate to answer question?
WHO ARE YOU?
Essential to believe in yourself and grant.
Are you a?
A rising star
- trajectory
A bright star
A star of an important constellation
REPRESENTING
Under-representation
selling the holy grail
creative and innovative, impact
Over-representation
ambition is rewarded
over-ambition is penalized
Misrepresentation
- didn’t know I was lying
- lying
TO DO & NOT TO DO
NO JARGON
Match the mandate of the agency!
EXCESSIVE WORDS – remove redundant statements
THICK AND RICH BUT with w h I t e s p a c e
- don’t jam in all in
DO THE WORDS CONVEY THE INTENDED MEANING?
INVALID TEST
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Having someone like-minded read and smile & nod
VALID TEST
•
A lay person or scientist without topical knowledge reading it and paraphrasing
back (and they are NEVER WRONG!).
KISSES AND DEATH
Don’t sow a thorny bush – we all see it at committee!
Do-ability and wherewithal – can you do it!
KT or not? If KT do it well.
Contradiction and clarity
Sloppiness – haste makes waste
Coherence – author
Opportunity to “add” to grant application
13. Summaries are More Important than You Might Think. CIHR website extract.
As part of the application process, you are required to summarize your project in various
ways (i.e., a "Lay Abstract" and a "Summary of Research Proposal"). While it may be
tempting to give these summaries short shrift, given all of the other tasks you must
complete, they are among the most important parts of your application.
In the current process, the peer review committee members use the “Summary of the
Research Proposal” to determine whether or not they have the appropriate level of
expertise to review the application. For the current Open Operating Grants Program, the
summary submitted with the Registration is also used to place the application in the
most appropriate peer review committee by comparing its content to the mandates of the
peer review committees, in discussion with the committee Chair and Scientific Officer.
In addition, for strategic competitions, the "Summary of the Research Proposal" may be
used to determine whether or not your proposal is relevant to the strategic areas of the
funding opportunity. (If your proposal is determined to be “not relevant” your application
will be withdrawn from the competition.)
Make sure that the "Summary of the Research Proposal" provides: a concise account of
the subject matter; an overview of each part of the research plan; specific project aims
and the methodology. The summary should reflect the significance of your project as
well as its alignment with the relevant research areas of a strategic initiative.
If your research project is determined to be of interest to the general public, the "Lay
Abstract" is published on CIHR's website and it may also be shared with the media. The
"Lay Abstract" should be written in plain language so that the general public will
understand the nature of your research project.
Finally, you might consider summarizing often throughout your proposal to wrap up key
points or complex ideas, in order to make it easier for the reviewers to follow your train
of thought.
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