DPSRU had organized series of guest lecturers for post graduate, doctoral students as well as faculties to motivate, aspire and conceptually build their ideas, facing challenges, technological advancements, multidisciplinary approach. Recently, Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU), delivered an innovative talk on as “Project Writing & Scientific Writing: Skills and Challenges” on 18th Jan 2018.
The talk is mainly focused on obtaining research grants for research projects and learning the structure of a research project i.e how to write research project in an impressive way so as to obtain grant. Obtaining research grants is the very first step in beginning the project. Without grant, the expenditure of the project cannot be covered and the researchers will not gain any benefit from it. Research grants can be obtained via many sources like ICMR, DBT, DST, CSIR, AYUSH, NIH, Indo-Canada Shastri Fellowship, Indo-Slovak, DAAD, UKEIRI etc. The lecture helped specify that research grants like DBT and DST are more suitable when the budget of the project is likely 40-50 lacs. On the other hand, CSIR is suitable when the budget is less than or around 10 lacs. There are some funding agencies available for young researchers, old researchers, and women only etc. Grants like Indo- Canada Shastri Fellowship and Indo- Slovak grant are only open for Indian researchers eager to conduct research. AYUSH is good for researchers who are more inclined towards herbal research. There are options of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary projects also. Such projects are usually of large- scale and require involvement of two or more disciplines of study. Honorable Vice Chancellor sir also managed to show the students the ‘Prime Minister Doctoral Fellowship’ on the phone to encourage them to participate in national- level research.
The lecture also focused on structuring, organizing and writing an effective research project. An impressive research project is an absolute prerequisite to apply for grant. If a researcher wants to be granted sufficient funding, then he/she has to write an impressive and catchy research proposal. The proposal should be clear enough to get understood by even common people. The Vice Chancellor used the term ‘Educated layman’ to emphasize that the people reviewing the proposal will be educated but a layman to your field of interest. For example, to the field of pharmacy, a biotechnologist might be a layman or more specifically, an ‘educated layman’. Moreover the content of proposal must be impressive enough to attract the attention of reviewers. No matter how impressive the writing is, if the content is not attractive, then your application for grant is likely to get rejected. There should be coherence in concepts. The concepts should be related efficiently and should make sense. Mostly concepts are built upon previous work done in the field.
The project also focused on how to write a research proposal i.e from where to start. Firstly, the candidate must have good ideas. He/ she must spend enough quality time to gather good ideas which can make some difference. For example, think of some ideas which can be commercialized and bring fame to the country. The candidate must go through all the previous work done to get an idea of what has been done and what can be done. After deciding on a specific idea, it is advised to consult your supervisor or any prestigious faculty to receive inputs. The next step is constructing an abstract with absolute clarity because it is the very first thing to be reviewed. So, it can make or break the deal. Next, contact the program officers at the target grant office. Discuss with them all the possibilities. Then file an application and have criteria rating for grant. Then the candidate should prepare a cover letter and then, forward all the necessary documents through the appropriate authority.