Systematic creation of new knowledge through data collection, innovation, experimentation, evaluation, and dissemination.

Methodological Guidelines:

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

Determining the goals of the research and the methods by which it will be conducted

Active participation in a community of researchers formal and informal communication through digital media, conferences, journals, books, and workshops.

The Research skill, as defined in SFIA, is used to create new knowledge, including - but not limited to - commercial research and development or academic institutions.

Because of its name, this skill can be confused with general inquiry and investigation into a topic of interest. In most cases, general inquiry is covered by the responsibilities described in the general SFIA attributes. Many of the SFIA professional skills also refer to investigation or similar activities.

Research: level 2.

As part of the research objectives, assists in the selection and analysis of credible and reliable resources. Searches for relevant materials using specialized websites and sources, reading relevant articles to update knowledge in the relevant field. Reports on work done and may prepare sections of materials suitable for publication. Under supervision, curates a personal collection of relevant materials.

Research: level 3.

Constructs and refines appropriate outlines of research ideas within assigned research objectives, including evaluation, development, demonstration, and implementation. Applies standard methods to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. Creates research reports to communicate research methodology, findings, and conclusions. Composes sections of publication-quality materials. Uses available resources to update knowledge in any relevant area and builds a personal collection of relevant materials. Participates in research communities.

Research: level 4.

Develops and refines relevant outline ideas for evaluating, developing, demonstrating, and implementing research. Contributes to research goals and funding proposals. Collects and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data as needed. Contributes to the development of research plans and identifies appropriate opportunities for publication and dissemination of research findings. Contributes actively to the research communities. Presents papers at conferences, prepares significant sections of publication-quality materials, and submits reports to clients.

Research: level 5.

Coordinates research goals and methods and executes research projects to generate original ideas. Attracts and manages external research funding. Maintains a strong external network in his/her area of expertise. Provides research advice and guidance. Selects, adopts, and adapts data collection tools and methods. Develops, analyzes, and constructively critiques research and ideas of others. Shares practical demonstrations of research findings. Participates in professional activities outside his/her employing organization. Speaks at significant conferences, writes articles for specialized journals, and reports to key stakeholders.

Research: level 6.

Develops the organization's research policy and oversees the work of the research functions. Promotes activities externally and raises and manages a significant research funding portfolio. Defines research objectives and approves research proposals. Directs strategic and/or interdisciplinary research projects. Maintains a strong external network beyond the immediate area of expertise. Takes a lead role in professional activities outside his/her employing organization. Delivers keynote speeches at major conferences, writes articles for highly ranked journals, and reports to major clients.