Research in the Natural Sciences Conducting dissertation research in the sciences may involve completing work on an active lab project, setting up an experiment, or evaluating pre-existing data. Create a Budget You may want to write a grant to get funds for your study for things such as transcribing, computer software, and running statistical data. Determine possible expenses and calculate costs. Submit application for use of human subjects from HS-REB (Health Sciences Research Ethics Board). This is necessary if you are working with human research subjects in any way. Download and submit forms in a timely manner. Establish an information database or filing system. Organize your files, contacts, observations, field notes, and bibliographic information. Consult resources from the bibliographic link in this Dissertation Calculator for tips. Proceed with data collection and input. Follow your checklist to make sure you cover each step such as running test groups, or doing interviews. Input data as you go along and keep up to date on notes. Identify and record trends, observations, discrepancies, limitations, and recommendations that you will report. Based on the original Dissertation Calculator from the University of Minnesota Libraries.