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Concept Paper Format

Concept Paper Format

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Published by: Mohammad Naeem on Apr 26, 2011
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Concept Paper Format
The concept paper is a three page document that enables the ExecutiveCommittee to assess how well the proposed research fits with the Fund’sinterests. The three pages will be read together, although the StructuredScientific Summary is directed to the scientific members of the Fund’s ExecutiveCommittee, and the Structured Lay Summary is directed to the non-scientificmembers of the Committee. Concept papers should be emailed as a MicrosoftWord attachment tomartinezaf@thrasherresearch.org.
Concept papers that donot follow the guidelines below will not be reviewed.
 Downloada template for the concept paper here.
Page One:
Administrative Information1.Title of the Study2.Principal Investigator 3.Length of Study (Maximum 3 years)4.Estimated Total Budget (Does not need to be itemized)5.Supervising Institution6.Project Site(s)
Page Two:
Structured Scientific SummaryThe scientific summary should be no longer than one page using 12-point TimesNew Roman font and one-inch margins all around. The following informationshould be incorporated in the scientific summary:
Background :
Describe the significance of the medical problem under study. Include information on incidence or prevalence and severity of the problem in children. Describe what is not known about the problem that the proposal intends to address. Include any preliminary data or additional background information indicating the rationale for the proposed research.
Objective(s) and Hypothesis(es) :
Describe the precise objective(s) of the proposed research. State the specific hypothesis(es) to be tested.
Design :
Describe the basic design of the study. As applicable, includeinformation about study subjects, sample size, enrollment criteria, or other sample material to be used in the study. Indicate the primary outcomesand how they will be measured.
Potential Impact:
Discuss where the research is leading and in what waysand in how many years the findings might potentially influence the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of the particular medical problemin children.
Page Three:
Structured Lay SummaryThe lay summary should be 250 words or less and is intended as a brief,simplified summary for those who may not have scientific training. It shouldinclude three sections:
Background :
Provide a lay summary of the Background from the Scientific Summary.
Objective(s) and Hypothesis(es) :
State each of the main objectives and or hypotheses in a single sentence (one sentence per objective/hypothesis).
Potential Impact:
Provide a lay summary of the Potential Impact from theScientific Summary.
Concept Papers: What They Are and How toWrite Them?
What Concept Papers Are
Concept papers are summaries of projects or issues that reflect theinterests, experience and expertise of the writer or organization.Concept papers generally serve the purpose of providing in-depthdiscussion of a topic that the writer has a strong position on, usuallywith the intent of obtaining funding for that project from donors. Theterms "concept paper" and "proposal" are often used interchangeablyas they can be used for the same function. The concept paper mayalso be used as an instructional tool that may have developed as aresult of extensive research, committee input and/or as a result of theoutcome of a current project. In addition to providing guidance forimplementation of a program, a concept paper could also discuss bestpractices, philosophies and other related issues that the writer believesaction should be taken on in the near future.
How to Write Concept Papers
In the cases where the concept paper is written with the intent of receiving funding, most grantors publish guidelines that instruct thewriter(s) on how to write the concept paper that they will considerfunding. Despite the individual guidelines that may be published, theformat and many of the key elements are consistent betweenorganizations. Therefore, it is suggested that writers develop"boilerplates" or standard templates of concept papers that they canpersonalizeand submit based on specific guidelines. This practiceeliminates the extra time added to the process by completely startinga new concept paper from the beginning each time. For conceptpapers that are used more as an instructional or educational tool, theformat may be similar with the exception of the exclusion of charts,graphs or budgets that may be geared toward the solicitation of funding.
Concept Papers - Writing Steps
There are steps to concept paper writing that are universal and can beapplied in most situations in order to develop the boilerplate. First andprobably most important, the writer must ensure that the mission,requirements, funding patterns and other specific information aboutthe target grantor or audience match with those of the organization orindividual project in need of funding or assistance. Grantors are veryspecific about what types of organizations and projects they do and donot fund so, it is important to understand that thoroughly in advanceto avoid wasting time. The second step would be to summarize theproject by stating the problem to be discussed/solved, the goal of theproject, the objectives, the anticipated outcomes, procedures fordetermining whether the goals and objectives have been achieved, thepopulation served and the theoretical model upon which the project isbased. Third, the writer must develop a list of references that discussthe model to which the project will be directed. Fourth, there should bea budget developed for the project, if applicable. This would include allbillable costs associated with planning and executing the project.Whether the concept paper is for the purpose of obtaining funding ormerely for the purpose of conveying information, a budget may benecessary if there are costs and resources associated with the project,such as hours devoted to research and information gathering. The fifthstep could entail obtaining the necessary approvals by individualsauthorized to do so prior to submission. In the case of a purelyinformational concept paper, this may be committee input. This stepmay occur much earlier in the process. In addition, one must considerthe timing and deadlines that submission of the concept paper mustadhere to. Expect deadlines to be strict whether funding is beingsought or not. There may be a bit more flexibility in due dates forthose concept papers that are designed solely for disseminatinginformation.
Sample Concept Paper

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