The first phase in the Research Guide is "Design & Preparation" and starts with forming a hypothesis, setting up a research protocol, obtaining funding, organising facilities, resources and study-specific requirements, preparing documents and submitting for review/authorisation, where applicable.

Information that specifically applies to WMO or Non-WMO research is marked by a colour.

WMO Research Research is subject to the WMO if the following criteria are met:
1. It concerns medical scientific research and
2. Participants are subject to procedures or are required to follow rules of behaviour.
Non-WMO Research Medical scientific research which does not meet the criteria of the WMO. For example data collection from medical records.
  • Feasibility
    Feasibility Before fully setting out your research plan, it’s advisable to conduct a feasibility analysis to get a realistic picture of your research plans chances of success (budget/staff/proposal).
  • Preparation study documentation
    Preparation study documentation The next step is to organize and prepare study documentation, depending on the type of your study, following the applicable laws, regulations and internal procedures (agreements/data collection/privacy/planning/protocol).
  • Submitting & review procedure
    Submitting & review procedure Before you can actually start conducting your research, a number of parties might need to approve your research file. To complete your research file a number of steps must be followed.