Level of Effort: Although level of effort is reported in terms of months, it is expected that students will devote 100 percent time and effort (based on 40 hours per week) on the dissertation for a minimum of nine months beginning at the time of award. The time of award should be estimated to begin no less than five months from the submission date. Receipt of additional compensation (e.g., pay) for performance of work that is distinctly separate from the actual work involved in the conduct of the dissertation is allowable, but cannot exceed a paid level of effort greater than 20 hours per week. Facilities and Administrative Costs: (i.e., overhead or indirect costs) are limited to eight percent of approved direct costs. PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement – Section 5-15 For section 5.4, Modular Budget Component, should not be submitted to AHRQ. AHRQ does not accept modular budgets. For section 5.5, Research Plan Component, must be completed. If the application is a resubmission, Item 1 (Introduction to Application) must be completed, as described in the instructions.
A clear description of the unique contribution of this effort must be included, especially if the research builds upon ongoing or previously conducted work by the principal investigator, or other dissertation committee member/faculty. For sections 6-10, Human Subjects Sections, must be completed if the proposed research involves any contact with or data on humans (e.g., patients, providers, administrators), including data obtained from secondary publicly or privately available data sources. These sections do not count toward the 10-page limitation. AHRQ does not require completion of item 8, Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table. For sections 11-14, Other Research Plan Sections, need to be completed, as appropriate. For Section 13, Letters of Support, the following two letters are required (NOTE: these differ in content from the optional Cover Letter – see SF 424 (R&R) instructions on the Cover Letter Component):
12. Focus your research very specifically. Don't try to haveyour research cover too broad an area. Now you may think that this willdistort what you want to do. This may be the case, but you will be ableto do the project if it is narrowly defined. Usually a broadly definedproject is not do-able. By defining too broadly it may sound better toyou, but there is a great chance that it will be unmanageable as a researchproject. When you complete your research project it is important that youhave something specific and definitive to say. This can be accommodatedand enhanced by narrowly defining your project. Otherwise you may haveonly broadly based things to say about large areas that really providelittle guidance to others that may follow you. Often the researcher findsthat what he/she originally thought to be a good research project turnsout to really be a of research projects. Do one project for yourdissertation and save the other projects for later in your career. Don'ttry to solve all of the problems in this one research project.
As part of my Silversmithing and Jewellery degree I recently submitted my dissertation, which was titled 'Investigating New 3D Technology in Body Adornment; the Potential of Mass-Customisation in Contemporary Jewellery'. As my whole research project was about new 3D technology I wanted to use elements of it in the presentation of my dissertation, so I laser cut the title on the front cover, laser cut my name and relevant information on the back page, laser-engraved a small pattern and 3D printed my name.
A completed application in response to this FOA will include the following components:
(Note: Appendices are to be attached to the PHS 398 Research Plan component, above.)
SF 424 (R&R) (An application cover component) -- Section 4.2 Line item 8, check if the application is new (first time submitted to AHRQ) or a resubmission (an application which has been previously submitted to the AHRQ but was not funded and is being resubmitted for new consideration). NOTE: AHRQ will only accept one resubmission for dissertation applications.