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How do I request an expert for very specific technical questions on my project?
How do I request an expert for very specific technical questions on my project?

A guide to requesting an expert for very specialized technical insights or advice on your project or proposal

Becky Ying Zhang avatar
Written by Becky Ying Zhang
Updated over a week ago

When you are researching for a project or working on a new capture opportunity, it’s often difficult to fill the technical gaps on the proposal, especially when the specific knowledge needs to be matched with a defined geographical context. One easy way to solve this issue is to get on a call with an industry expert through OnFrontiers, and get guidance about the technical gap you are facing.

Not sure what you are looking for? Check our article on how to submit a request for general landscape experts.

See our guide below on submitting effective Expert Requests:

1.) Selecting a sector or geography

For technical projects, the sector or industry of focus and the geographic areas are often very well defined. If the tags provided here are too broad, don't worry about it! You will have a chance to send us the specific information later on in the flow. This is just the first step to narrowing down the field.

2.) What are you looking to understand?

This section is just for internal reference and is the general focus area(s) of the request for experts. No need to worry if they don't match your intentions exactly.

It’s okay to keep things broad at the beginning. As you get more information, you can narrow down your focus and create more targeted questions.

3). Organizations to Avoid or Pursue

If there are any organizations you need to avoid, such as competitors or incumbents on a project, you can name those companies here. Or if there are any organizations you’d like to pursue, who you think have a good overall perspective on the industry you’re focused on, you can name those companies as well.

Don’t know who you should avoid or pursue - don’t stress. Leave it blank for now and our Research Manager can help talk you through it once you finish submitting the request.

4). Describing your Ideal Expert Profile

At this point, your ideal expert profile should be very well defined. Feel free to provide us with as much information as possible, especially if you already have a technical description of your requirements. You can copy it from the RFP or any document you may have detailing the perfect match for you. No need to worry about making a comprehensive, well-written paragraph here - our Research Managers can help you out!

5). What questions do you need answered?

This is it! This is your winning section! You were puzzled and overwhelmed by receiving a tough research topic on a tight deadline and here’s where you get to ask!

The goal of the technical overview consultation is to get a deep perspective on a specific section of your project, so feel free to be specific on your directions and selection criteria. If you don’t know anything going into these calls, that’s fine! That’s what the expert is there for so include any question you may have, and they’ll quickly help you get up to speed.

Pro tip: open-ended questions work better than Yes/No questions, as they prompt the expert to share highlights from their experience while applying to consult with you on this call. Also, good vetting questions should relate to the core of your project objective, including the industry and region of focus - such as:

  • "What are the existing public-private partnerships in the Nigerian pharmaceutical sector?"

  • "Who are the top 3 market leaders in the Ukrainian superior online education segment?"

That’s it! Follow the link above and request an expert to give you the specific technical details you need to move your project forward.

Note: Once you have submitted the expert request form through our platform, you should expect an OnFrontiers Research Manager to contact you shortly for a scoping call. The information provided while submitting your request will be used by Research Managers to understand your project ahead of the call. This will help in faster and more successful project scoping overall. In general, the scoping call takes 10-15 minutes and it is a vital part of our process that defines the success of custom matched experts.

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