I stuck and no idea to got research plan for my thesis. I have to research about microbial fuel cell in major environmental engineering but actually my major before is microbiology. Whats topic that looks nice related to my background? Anybody can help me please…

Hi there ! I’m not sure to be on the right forum to ask the following question. I’m asking for both and research proposal writting tips and references

I’m writing my first research proposal for my first PhD application on how to connect building platform using building information modelling (BIM), IoT and advanced data analytics in order to save costs through space consumption and energy consumption modeling in buildings. Which description might be found there.

I used this canvas, to start writing my proposal. That is to say I am trying to :

  • Define a clear question and approach to answering it (which is what I’ve written above)
  • Highlight its or significance
  • Explain how it adds to, develops (or challenges) existing literature in the field
  • Persuade potential supervisors and/or funders of the
    importance of the work, and why you are the right person to undertake it

I wanted to know if there already where works on combining building platform using BIM, IoT and data analytics through space and energy consumption and consumption modeling ?

That is to say I want to know what is the existing state-of-the-art in this topic ?

If it’s not the right place to ask these kind of reference questions where to ask about it ?

Grant proposals can take months until you hear back. What should researchers do during that period?

  1. Start working on the research since the idea could be implemented by others and publish without acknowledging the funder.
  2. Similar to point 1 but in publishing wait to hear about the results and acknowledge the funder if you were funded.
  3. Wait since you don’t know if the idea will be funded and there are no funds to support students but the idea could become obsolete after 6 months.
  4. Something else

I’m applying for a grant renewal. There are subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the solicitation document and the submission instructions document with regards to which materials (e.g. the proposal narrative, personal statement(s), CV(s), research schedule, budget, transcript(s) for student(s), etc.) are required for new proposals vs. renewal proposals.

Obviously, the best path would be to contact the funding agency to ask for clarification.

How might one proceed if contacting the funding agency to ask for clarification isn’t an option?

Should I assume the solicitation as written overrules anything else? Would it be best to just include all materials mentioned in either document, or does it hurt to include “unsolicited” materials?

I talked with some colleagues and it seems that the review process for most grants proposals (NSF, NIH,etc) are taking months (~6). This is probably not helpful for science and innovation. I understand that reviewers are busy people but papers submitted for a conference would usually not take more than 2 months to be reviewed. And some reviews that I read for conferences are even much better than grant proposal reviews.

Are there any reasons or benefits that grant proposals are taking long time?

I am a computer science PhD candidate. I have been reading and learning a lot of my interested research area – and now it’s time to formally defend my research proposal.

There is a computer architecture that has already been discussed (online articles) over blogs and videos and some companies are using it already. it’s relatively new architecture though (2 or 3 years old). But I haven’t found out any academic research done on that architecture for deploying/implementing it with use cases. But it has been referenced (online article, blogs etc) in academic research journals and articles.

I was thinking to write my PhD research on that new architecture with proper use cases and references. But at the moment I am having doubts about whether I should proceed or not? Or what approach should I apply in order to proceed?

Your suggestions/opinions will be highly appreciated either positive or negative.

Comment of grant reviewer. Chemistry field

order to be eligible, your study must involve an inferential statistical test, and it appears your study will instead quantify the conditions required to ....(chemistry term)

Why would grant in chemistry require such statistical test? Nowhere in the announcement of the grant was this pointed out. Am I understanding chemistry wrong?