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Hints on Research ...
"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."
Be strategic about your research. Be tactical about your funding. Not vice-versa.
If a topic is a funding agency priority you are already too late. You need to be setting the priorities.
Technical skill and knowledge are vastly less important than good taste in finding problems to work on.
Nobody will steal your research ideas ... you will have to shout in order for others to even pay attention.
If the writing is confused it is probably because you do not know what you are talking about.
The bad reviews are your fault. You failed to get your idea across, or at best submitted to the wrong place and should have known better.
If the methodology section of the paper exceeds 20% of the available space, your paper is probably not interesting.
If you are not truly worried, and doubt whether your approach will survive experimental validation, you are not doing science. And, by the way, unless you have tested it, I guarantee your approach does not scale.
The older you are the more risks you should take in selecting your research problem. You are only as good as your last paper. Your h-index means nothing to me.
Give your research idea space, and accord others the same respect.