What is the problem your experiment is working to improve? How will this help society? Why is this important to study? What is the real world connection? The problem may be abstract, or may be something your experiment won’t solve entirely – but what is the driver encouraging this experiment?
The history of the problem and previous solutions. Maybe previous attempts at solutions. Background for how your solution develops. What are “the giants” you are standing on the shoulders of?
How will this experiment work to solve the problem, or provide the next step to solving it? How do you advance the TRL toward something that can help people?
What are the major issues with the solution – this is likely tied in with where the goals of your experiment lead. What do we need to figure out before this solution can be realized? What is keeping the solution at the TRL it is at?
At a broad level, start thinking about the safety issues you might encounter with an experiment to develop the TRL of your solution. We don’t need specifics yet, but broad identification of things that could/will become safety issues
Common examples in the lab: