The IPEG Think Tank is a platform to support IPEG MEMBERS with the development of a research project PRIOR to any budget development or funding. IPEG would like to provide help/guidance from the research committee with research concepts and ideas that a member has.
Members of the IPEG are welcomed and encouraged to share research project interests and ideas with the IPEG research committee. Being aware of specific research interests will enable us to support these, give instructions to modify the draft and better identify and pursue potential funding opportunities.
Your research question plays a vital role throughout the research process. It is vital that you present a clear statement of the specific purposes of your study. We suggest that you write the introduction section of your research project, your review of the literature must be defined by your research question which acts as the guiding concept. Proper conceptualization and phrasing of the research question are of uppermost importance because everything done in the remainder of the research process should be directed to answer your research question. A crucial aspect cannot be stressed enough: remember that throughout the grading of the submitted projects, one fundamental issue is addressed when a colleague reads each section of your proposed research – Is your plan appropriate for the research question being asked? Surgeons often fail to see this cardinal relationship at the early stages of the project, which can cause difficulties later on in the process.
What can I submit?
- Anything. Research ideas, project proposals, thesis proposals, small grant proposals
- Research hypotheses, experimental designs
- Data of all types: videos, images, spreadsheets, raw data in any format
- Software, scripts, workflows and tools
- Conference posters and presentations
- Research and review articles and monographs
- Editorials, correspondences and opinion papers
Why submit a research idea/proposal?
- To test drive your research ideas or proposals
- To get feedback on your ideas or proposals
- This process is completely private and will only be seen by a couple of reviewers currently on the IPEG Research Committee
Checklist when starting a research project:
- Does your research question address an original and significant surgical phenomenon?
- Is your research question clear?
- Can your research question be answered by data?
- Can we together develop a clear, persuasive and comprehensive research proposal that will guide you through the research process?
What the IPEG reviewers will check:
- Presentation of Problem
- Methodology/Study Design (if applicable)
- Clinical relevance
- NOTE: all above-listed criteria are not required, but can be reviewed if applicable