Research Progress Report

Thank you for taking the time to share your research journey with us. We are excited to celebrate your successes and explore ways to support your challenges. 

Personal information

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Project Information


Please upload:
a professional, high-quality photo of yourself.
a professional, high-quality photo of your supervisor(s) or collaborator(s).
any cool photos, figures, or charts related to your research project.

Your project in a tweet

Branch Out values knowledge translation and would like to challenge you to describe your research in a tweet (280 characters or less). A good scientist can help everyone understand the value of their work in only a few words.

The Impact

Before discussing about the details of your research, it's important to understand why it's important. In this section, briefly describe:

1. What problem your research is addressing
2. A possible solution that findings from your research could help implement.

The goal of this section is to get the reader emotionally invested or curious about the topic of your research. (Consider a fun analogy, a pop-culture reference—something to hook the reader.) Do you have a story about a patient's experience? What makes your project cool with a capital C?

It's important to communicate concisely, so please limit your response to 3-4 sentences.

The research

Now that your reader is jazzed up and excited to learn more about your project, what knowledge gap is your project addressing to help implement that solution? What are your hypotheses and how are you going to test them? The goal of this section is to get the reader invested in finding out the answer to your hypotheses and appreciate some of the theory and methodology used in your project to test those hypotheses. Tip: try to avoid jargon, and analogies go a long way!

It's important to communicate concisely, so please limit your response to 3-4 sentences.

What’s next?

The goal of this section is to help the reader appreciate that this project is like a long-term investment that is still coming to fruition. This could be done in a few different, but not mutually exclusive, ways:

1) Follow-up study: Just like in a scientific publication, it's always good to let your reader know about future directions and the limitations of the project. What is one reason the reader should take these findings with a grain of salt, and what could future research on this topic do to address those concerns?

2) Jump from the bench to the bedside: If your project has some potential to be commercialized or otherwise widely used, what next steps could lead to that next level of community impact?

3) This project was also an investment in you, as a person. What is next for you as a professional having studied NeuroCAM? Will this project help get you into medical school? Does it change the way you will approach NeuroCAM science in the future?

It's important to communicate concisely, so please limit your response to 3-4 sentences.

Knowledge translation

Please list any knowledge translation efforts from this project. This may include:

Peer-reviewed publications, whether in preparation, submitted, under review, or accepted (just indicate as much).
Conference presentations (of any type or level), both past and up-and-coming.
Public outreach events related to this project or more broad line of research (e.g. community lectures, going into classrooms, etc.)
Media coverage of this project or more broad line of research.

Shop talk

Until now, you have been flexing your science communication skills for a general audience. This next section is just between us scientists, so you can pull out all the jargon. Please give a short academic abstract-like summary of your project. Feel free to recycle an abstract already submitted to a conference, thesis, publication, etc. Negative results are important too, so please don't feel pressured to report only significant results.

Fund justification

If your project’s funding is complete, please ignore this section.
If your project has 1 or more years of funding remaining and you’re seeking renewed funding, please briefly summarize how an extra year of grant funding would be used.
For seed/special purpose grants, please include reporting of expenses so far and justify any reasonable departures from original budget.

Your experience

Tell us about your experience with Branch Out. Were there aspects of our process that you really liked? Or any that you think we could improve on?


No research project is without obstacles. Please describe one challenge you faced while working on this research project (e.g. lack of resources, recruitment difficulty, training delays, etc.).

If applicable, please also state how this challenge was addressed or how this challenge could be better addressed, in your opinion.

NeuroCAM and you

Final thoughts