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It Seems So Simple...

ScienceWoman has set down the steps involved in writing a research proposal, in anticipation of a class she teaches on experimental designs for which the students will be writing an NSF-style proposal. She follows the process from finding collaborators to defining your objectives to editing the text of your proposal. Along the way she also suggests reading lots of the literature and compiling preliminary data. "There you have it," she writes, "how to go from a conversation over coffee to a ready-to-submit collaborative research proposal in just eight easy steps - albeit steps best taken with lots of iteration."