Getting Everything in Place
Posted on January 20, 2009
Hilda M. Pantin (bio) describes some of the pieces necessary for running an R01 successfully.
Currently I have NIDA RO1. I think that understanding exactly what you're going do and having a timeline of how you would like to implement that is the first step, and also knowing your own strengths and weaknesses so that you can build a team that is collaborative and that compensates for whatever your weaknesses are.
So if you're not very strong methodologically, you want to make sure that you have a strong statistician as part of your team. If you're not very good organizationally or managerially, you want to make sure you have a good project director who has very good management skills.
And then really planning it out, what you're going to do when, developing your instruments that you're going to be using, working on the relationships that you have to build in order to get the study done if you're working with community, if you're working with a clinic, wherever you're going to be getting your participants from.
I think those are all very, very important pieces of the work. And just having everything in place so that once you go into the field or once you begin your study, you're ready to go.
Excerpted from an interview with researcher at the 2008 National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse Conference in Bethesda, MD.
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