Test Proof of Principle

The key question here is - what is the most important, yet unproven part of your idea? These resources will support you to apply scientific best practices to validate the technical hypothesis underlying your project. Remember, you're searching for the truth, not trying to be right. 

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Validate the fundamentals

Y Combinator have written this great blog post about 'The Scientific Method for Startups'. It emphasis the importance of staying true to this approach, even for commercial projects.

Apply the Scientific Method

Define your hypothesis

This will be based on a technical assumption that would need to be correct in order for your solution to work. ​​

Design an experiment to test your hypothesis

The experiment should provide quantifiable, verifiable, replicable, defensible support that your hypothesis is true. ​​​

Work out what resources you need

 Work out what resources you will need to perform this 'proof of concept' experiment (including time, access to facilities, equipment and expense).

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Access key resources

The EPSRC's national equipment sharing portal enables you to search for equipment located at universities across the UK.

This source provides an overview of UK funding bodies providing funding for proof-of-concept experiments. 

This project was joint-funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative based at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Cambridge. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

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