Research students from various disciplines often become a part of an already established research study. Research question, methodology and data collection and analysis procedures have already been decided in order that the requirements of Grant Committees are met. How difficult is it then for the research student to assume ownership of the project? This was my experience as a PhD student working on a SPIRT or APA(I) grant. My struggles to make this research my own and some of the solutions that I found will be identified and discussed.