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HUR Research Guidelines

These guidelines apply to the scientific studies on exercise sciences, exercise as medicine and more specifically resistance training related studies in HUR. These guidelines aim to certify that HUR is involved in the high-quality research in the fields of exercise science and exercise as medicine. These guidelines are used in all research initials outside the company. Research co-operation application is send to address in the end of this guideline. Proposals are evaluated and response given to applicant within one month. In evaluation, an additional expert opinion is asked, if needed. The language required in all (international) project initiatives is English.

A research application should include the following documents: 

1) Presentation of the research unit (institute, university, department etc.)

  • background and general presentation
  • private or public (funding base)
  • staff and equipment resources-publications

2) Presentation of the responsible researcher

  • curriculum vitae
  • main recent publications of the topic 

3) Research plan                    

  • abstract (1 page)
  • introduction (background, literature)                    
  • aim(s)
  • benefits to HUR                      
  • general structure                    
  • subjects                     
  • measurements and other methods (e.g. statistics)                    
  • ethical issues                    
  • timetable                    
  •  budget and proposal for HUR collaboration and funding (technology, money, other)                   
  • research group (and responsible areas)                    
  • publication plan                     
  • references  

Based on the above-mentioned documents research initiative is reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • significance and originality value for the company
  • competence of the study plan (probability to succeed)
  •  competence of the responsible researcher
  • adequacy of the resources (personnel, facilities, equipment) in the research unit
  •  justification of expenses
  • schedule 

Priority rating:

1. Very important and relevant

  • to be accepted as proposed
  • to be accepted after changes/modifications

2. Important, but not of current interest in Company

  • to be rejected or transferred to "the waiting list"

3. Not interesting and not in relation to Company actions

  • to be rejected 

After the study proposal and plan are accepted a research agreement is signed (2 copies).  A board of trustees or corresponding persons is named for the project. Progress of the study is followed by monthly meetings and by intermediate reports or otherwise as agreed. After the study is finished a final report is prepared and one copy is supplied to HUR. This report follows the outlines of regular scientific publication emphasizing on results, findings, discussion and conclusions.

For more information, please contact Arto Hautala, HUR Director of Research and Educationarto.hautala@hur.fi

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