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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The research topic and question serves two purposes: it allows you to demonstrate your current skills in conceptualizing your research project, and it starts you thinking through the project you will complete, should you be accepted into the institute. Research topics and questions do not need to be flawless. Part of what you will learn in the institute is how to write a strong research question and proposal. If you are new to research, you may want to consult the resources in the Planning Your Research Project section of the Health Sciences Librarian Research Guide to find information on formulating a research question, concepts and terminology, and research methodologies.

Your RTI research project must be a new project that you have not yet implemented. The institute will help you develop and refine your research topic and question and plan the execution of your research. Having done some exploration of the project or pilot data collection is fine.

If you have questions about your research topic and question or the application process in general, contact Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA,

In the case of a group research research project, only one applicant should apply to participate in the institute, and the applicant’s role should be clearly explained in the project proposal.

Multiple applicants from the same institution may apply with independent projects.  However, only one applicant from an institution will be selected to help ensure a diverse cohort for each institute.

If you are not an MLA member and do not already have a login to our site: On any MLANET page, choose the "Request Login" link in the upper right to register as a guest and to obtain a username and password. This will allow you to apply for the institute.

Applicants are welcome to apply for additional funding from MLA and other sources to defray the costs of the proposed research project or of attending the institute. Please indicate this funding on the application form. Note that applicants for other MLA grants are generally notified in March of each year.

Contact Debra Cavanaugh with additional questions about the application process or the institute.

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