Step 1. Thinking about your research topic
The first step of developing an idea is to explore the research in the area by reading around your chosen subject in the scientific literature (e.g current periodicals and academic journals) and related policy documents.
Step 2. Finding collaborators and involving the public in research design
A valuable step is to discuss your informed idea with others who have similar areas of interest and might help further refine your idea and collaborate with you.
Step 3. Defining the research question and writing a protocol
Now that you have identified collaborators and engaged with the public, it is time to define your research question and how you will go about investigating it.
Step 4. External funding
Now that you have designed a research protocol, it is time to identify potential funders.
Step 5. Research Governance and Permissions
Before you begin any research study you must ensure that you have the necessary research governance permissions in place.
Step 6. Carrying out your research study and disseminating your findings
With funding secured and necessary permissions granted, your research study can begin.