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I am writing an academic research proposal, which has to satisfy two things: a degree of risk, and a degree of feasibility. This is slightly contradictory though, so I'm wondering what is the best word to use.

I would like to say something similar to:

"With this opportunity, I aim to investigate these ideas...".

This gives a sense of open-endedness and risk, but I also want to say something that suggests there will be tangible outputs, such as:

"With this opportunity, I aim to implement these ideas...".

However, this sounds like there is not risk or exploratory element to the work.

What would be a great word to use in this case?

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    I don't know of such a word. Why not simply use "I aim to implement these risky pragmatic ideas"? – NVZ Sep 3 '16 at 14:14
  • Or just combine them slightly differently again. "...I aim to investigate the implementation of these ideas,,," You will investigate, and that investigation may well end up with the ideas implemented. – Andrew Leach Sep 3 '16 at 14:15
  • "With this opportunity, I aim to explore the practicality of these ideas..."? "With this opportunity, I aim to test these ideas..."? – We oath to creation Sep 3 '16 at 14:37
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validate - MW:

Definition of validate (validated; validating) transitive verb

2 a : to support or corroborate on a sound or authoritative basis : experiments designed to validate the hypothesis

This word acknowledges that the ideas are not proven yet (hence, the risk element) but are promising enough to be tried out.

"With this opportunity, I aim to validate these ideas...".

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"With this opportunity, I aim to test these ideas..."

test

to do something in order to discover if something is safe, works correctly, etc., or if something is present

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/test

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I think the word you're looking for is

cutting-edge

"at the latest or most advanced stage of development; innovative or pioneering: cutting-edge technology" (which was google's first suggestion)

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