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The PCCR has a unique resource and process, called Facilitation and Advancement of Science for Transitioning Research (FASTR), for organizing and monitoring projects. FASTR is a process development tool whereby Doug Cuttell works with the principal investigator to develop/explain their research plan in the form of milestones. During a meeting, Doug Cuttell walks the investigator through the process of creating a project map (or flow chart). This map illustrates the pathway to collect the preliminary data required to submit for extramural funding, including the milestones required to get there. This serves the purpose of giving the investigator a tool to work through their plan to generate data for extramural funding.

What is a Project Map?

The project map (see a simple example below) is a 10,000 foot view showing the steps involved in order to obtain the preliminary data required for extramural funding (and publications). It will also show the integration of collaborators (if applicable) within your project plan. Project mapping is a process management tool that communicates a process, but also allows the creator a different or supplemental way of organizing and managing research. It is especially helpful when the project plan may not be well defined. Project mapping is not meant to lock the investigator into a particular project direction, it is anticipated that results/observations may alter your original research plan. Also, some projects can be organized as phased projects, but for others it may not be appropriate. This can be determined when you meet with Doug. If you know what you plan to accomplish, a draft outline of this proposed research (completed beforehand) would be helpful in the discussion of creating a map. Likewise, if you find it helpful to write a proposal draft beforehand, then this is up to you.

Internal Grant Use

This is also used in the internal pilot grants application and review process. It allows the Center a mechanism to make available funding based on attainment of identified milestones and during the review process, the reviewer has an easy-to-read flow chart of the research process for understanding the research path to accompany the proposal.

Contact Information & Location

  • Please contact Doug Cuttell at
    or (765)494-5022 to schedule a consultation meeting.
  • Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
    Hansen Life Sciences Research Building
    201 S. University Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2064

  • Phone: (765) 494-9129
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