Researcher Strands

The IAPC Education and Research Forum seeks to foster research activity among early researchers while also promoting larger scale research/audit among more experienced researchers, and provide a forum for disseminating and debating large scale research/audit, and/or innovative research designs.

The Researcher Strands are intended to enable the IAPC Education and Research Forum to respond in a positive and developmental manner to the current state of research activity within palliative care in Ireland.

This process also enables the IAPC to play an active role in promoting research activity across the different strands and thereby the different stages of research careers among presenters. The strands are also intended to enable abstracts to be reviewed on a more equal footing according to whichever strand the lead author self-assigns him/herself. 

The IAPC Education and Research Forum are aware that researchers in Ireland are at different stages in their career with varied experience and exposure to the palliative care research environment in Ireland.

Authors must choose the strand from the following list that best describes the level at which they feel they are as a researcher in line with the details below.

 

First time or novice researcher

Abstracts that were led by a researcher who is inexperienced in undertaking research projects. This applies to a lead author who:

  • does not have a PhD or MD degree;
  • has not previously competed successfully as a PI for a fellowship award or research grant;
  • has not previously presented a platform paper at a multidisciplinary national or international conference.

The lead author may have been supervised in his/her research by an experienced researcher(s). However, the literature review informing the work, elements of design development, data collection and analysis, and discussion on findings should have been completed by the lead author.

 

Junior researcher

Abstracts that were led by a researcher who has some, albeit limited, research experience. This implies the researcher:

  • does not have a PhD or MD degree;
  • has not previously held grants as PIs;
  • may have recently undertaken or be currently undertaking research training;
  • has a record of, or is currently undertaking, research that has a clear contribution to local service/policy/clinical;
  • previously had a paper accepted for platform presentation at a national or multidisciplinary international conference.

The lead author may have been supervised in his/her research by an experienced researcher(s). However, the literature review informing the work, elements of design development, data collection and analysis, and discussion on findings should have been completed by the lead author.

 

Experienced researcher

Abstracts that were led by an established researcher. This researcher may have previously held research grants or led projects as PI. The experienced researcher strand reflects a record in research training and activity and the researcher:

  • may have completed or be undertaking doctoral studies;
  • has an established research record;
  • has had paper(s) accepted for platform presentation at multi-disciplinary national and international conferences;
  • has had paper(s) accepted in peer reviewed journals;
  • has previously undertaken, or is currently undertaking, research with clear national implications and relevance.

The abstract submitted by the lead applicant may have a number of authors and may represent all, or an element of, large scale funded research.

 

Full time researcher or research department or institute

This strand is intended for abstracts on work led out by full-time researchers, senior academics (at the level of senior lecturer or higher) regular grant holders and/or research institutes or departments.

 

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