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Key points about specific
aims page
• Will determine most of the reviewer’s
score
• Should convey your excitement
• Should...
Key points about specific
aims page
• Must be easily understood
oAvoid jargon and abbreviations
oUse simple declarative se...
Typical layout
• 1-2 paragraphs of background
o Importance of topic/overall goal
o Prior research, especially your own
o G...
Things to avoid
• Jargon and abbreviations
• Dense, hard to understand writing
• Potential pitfalls of the proposed
resear...
Things to do
• Make sure that the research will
address your hypothesis
• Have people outside your field
read your specifi...
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K-to-R Workshop: How to Craft the "Specific Aims" (Part 2-Basic Science)

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UCLA CTSI K-to_R Workshop, October 29, 2015

Presenter:
Scott G. Filler, MD
Professor-in-Residence of Medicine at UCLA and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Co-leader, CTSI Center for Translational Technologies

Published in: Education
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K-to-R Workshop: How to Craft the "Specific Aims" (Part 2-Basic Science)

  1. 1. Key points about specific aims page • Will determine most of the reviewer’s score • Should convey your excitement • Should make the reviewer want to read more
  2. 2. Key points about specific aims page • Must be easily understood oAvoid jargon and abbreviations oUse simple declarative sentences oShould provide a clear description of what you hope to do
  3. 3. Typical layout • 1-2 paragraphs of background o Importance of topic/overall goal o Prior research, especially your own o Gaps in current knowledge o Overall hypothesis • Specific aims in bullet points • Importance and impact of knowledge to be gained (optional)
  4. 4. Things to avoid • Jargon and abbreviations • Dense, hard to understand writing • Potential pitfalls of the proposed research • Criticisms of others’ work • One aim that depends on another*
  5. 5. Things to do • Make sure that the research will address your hypothesis • Have people outside your field read your specific aims page

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