At the end of the first year of study, students will be evaluated based on their course grades, which will include an assessment of research performance when appropriate. At the end of the second year, students will be evaluated based on course grades and an initial research proposal. The purpose of this initial proposal is to encourage students to demonstrate some mastery of pertinent research literature and to present research ideas that they have formulated in their first two years of study. This proposal will be presented and defended at a meeting of the advisory committee. During the period of time between the end of the third year and end of the fourth year of study, each student must prepare a dissertation research plan and give an oral defense of that plan and the scientific foundations on which it is based. The dissertation research plan is expected to be a refinement of the initial research plan presented at the end of the second year. It is to be prepared in an NIH-style format and should provide a clearly defined description of the research the student plans to complete in fulfilling the research requirement of the Ph.D. The oral defense of the plan, which constitutes the preliminary examination, will include questions both directly related to the proposal as well as more general questions that examine the student’s knowledge of fundamental principles. It is anticipated that students will complete degree requirements, including dissertation defense, by the end of the fifth year of study. Students seeking to complete degree requirements in fewer than five years (e.g., entering with Master’s degree or significant work experience) will need to meet these milestones on an accelerated schedule, and this schedule must be approved by their Graduate Advisory Committee.
All research proposals are reviewed by both the LCF IACUC and the LCF Scientific Advisory Council. Both committees must approve the project before any research begins.
Researchers must demonstrate in their proposal that the project involves no physical or psychological harm to the lemurs.
Research requiring surgery is prohibited.
LCF discourages the submission of project proposals requiring exclusive access to research subjects.
Research projects that include sample collection requiring anesthesia (i.e blood samples, parasite collection, or similar) will be considered carefully on a case by case basis. In such cases, the researcher should attempt to coordinate sampling with regular annual physicals. However, physicals can be scheduled flexibly to accommodate a particular research project if both review committees approve. It is recommended that these proposals be submitted well in advance to increase the likelihood of coordinating sampling and physicals and consequently increasing the chance of project approval when anesthesia is involved.
Prior to submitting proposals the researcher should obtain approval from his/her home institution’s IACUC. A copy of that approval letter or the approval number should be submitted with the initial research proposal. In cases where a researcher’s institution may not have an IACUC, a letter stating this must be submitted with the initial research proposal. Similarly, a researcher’s IACUC may waive the review of said proposal in deference to LCF's IACUC.
To be considered, all research proposals must be submitted using the Lemur Conservation Foundation Research Form. A signed copy of Lemur Conservation Foundation Researcher Compliance Form, proof of negative Tb test, and a completed Biomaterials Transfer Agreement (if applicable) must be accompany the Lemur Conservation Foundation Research Form.
All proposals must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the intended start of the study and all comments, edits, concerns and conditions must be addressed, and, when requested, changes or corrections completed 30 days prior to the intended start of the study.
It is expected that LCF will receive a copy of any final work arising from research conducted at the Reserve within 60 days of the completion or publication of that work. LCF must be acknowledged in any publications stemming from research done at our facility. Researchers must contact Alison Grand, Ph.D., for an accession number to be included in the publication with the acknowledgement. In the event that no formal presentation or publication results from the research, the researcher agrees to provide a summary report of the project, data, and results within 60 days of the termination of the research project or receipt of biomaterials.
Initial research proposal guide - University of Waikato
This should usually be in the form of an initial research proposal of approximately 500 words, including an outline of your research interests, your initial thoughts about a topic, references to previous work, the methodology and general approach you wish to take.