Pitching research

A pitching platform made for aspiring researchers

Do you have trouble getting started and maintaining focus in a sea of research information?

Do you need help to clarify your thinking or communicate your research ideas?

Are you daunted by the prospect of presenting your ideas to a supervisor or academic mentor?

The Pitching Research Template provides a systematic method to help you navigate existing academic literature, generate new hypotheses, communicate your ideas clearly, and maintain focus in order to maximize the value of your time.

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What is Pitching Research about?

Being a PhD student isn’t easy. It’s especially terrifying right at the onset of your research journey. After wading through the literature, you have some ideas you think might work, but it’s easy to be overwhelmed.

  • Is the idea worth pursuing?
  • Will it work?
  • Will it be publishable?

You’re about to spend the next few years working on your research, but you have no idea where or how to start. You need a reliable and clear plan. Of course, you would also love expert guidance.

Let’s say that you have identified an ideal research mentor and you have a 30 minute meeting with them to “pitch” (the academic merits of) your idea. Clearly, you want to impress them.

What do you do?

You structure your thoughts and ideas, link them together, look for loopholes and practice communicating it all to academic gurus of your field.

That’s where Professor Robert Faff’s “Pitching Research” template comes in. It’s all about nurturing worthwhile fledgling research projects. This guide for the early stages of research development aims to produce a well-rounded, effective and achievable research project. It does so by providing a simple mechanism for sounding out a new idea and starting a conversation with a
potential research mentor – an expert in the field.

At its core, the paper proposes a 2-page template tool which recognizes that the typical research mentor is heavily over-committed – they are extremely time poor, very busy and usually grumpy. They do not want to (and will not) read pages and pages and pages of rambling thoughts – the mentor just wants all the salient aspects, sufficient to make a call on the inherent academic merits of your idea. Something that they can read and digest in 15 minutes.

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Welcome to Pitching Research Project!

I am Robert Faff, the “Pitching Doctor” and the professor in the UQ Business School. I created the template designed to help novice researchers navigate existing academic literature, generate new hypotheses, communicate their ideas clearly, and maintain focus in order to maximize the value of your time.

If it’s your first time using the tool, either as a student, or as a mentor, all the information can be overwhelming, so here you will find the step-by-step guide to get you started.

Good luck on your research journey!

Step 1. What is the Pitching Research Template? Tool Guide will give you a brief overview of the PR.

Step 2. Check out YouTube playlist to see the Pitching Research template in action.

Step 3. Do you want to learn how to use the PR tool? Go to Exercises and Training page and check out what exercises you can do in your own time and what seminars and webinars are available in your region.

Step 4. Keen to participate in the Pitching Competitions? Subscribe to my Newsletter to get news about past and upcoming events.

Step 7. Have a question? Check out our FAQ page.

Step 8. Want to get in touch? Go to Contact page to find out about ways to contact me.


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