Professor Robert Faff from the UQ Business School has developed a simple and methodical template tool to clarify thinking and sharpen up the drafting of initial proposals for research projects, well before any major effort has taken place to execute the research. This “pitching research” template is of particular relevance to beginning PhD students and to early career researchers facing the common challenge of starting a new piece of research, that they can be confident is worthwhile. But, even for researchers beyond the initial proposal stage of their project, there is likely to be considerable merit in rethinking the project at regular intervals to keep it on track. The notion of “pitching” the project anew can benefit the project in many ways, not least of which is retention of focus, trimming tangential matter, recalibrating the scope and refining the method to match the type and amount of data that turns out to be available.
Biography: Robert Faff PhD (Monash) Dr. Hon (ASE Buch) is Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 13 ARC grants (funding exceeding $4 million); more than 290 refereed journal publications; career citations exceeding 8,400 (Google Scholar); and a h-index of 48 (Google Scholar). His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers. Robert has supervised more than 30 PhD students to successful completion and examined 50 PhD dissertations.