Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sample R03 proposal

The June 5th R01 deadline is technically extended to tomorrow because it falls on the weekend.  For those of you preparing for other upcoming June NIH grant proposal deadlines, this sample R03 application may be useful.  Or, you may want to review several examples of successful R21 proposals located here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Forms-D Applications are now required

As of tomorrow, all grant proposals will be transitioning to the new NIH Forms-D package.  Learn all you need to know about the updated forms here.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Writing an NIH proposal? Time can be your best friend or worst enemy.

Perhaps nobody provides better advice than NIH on how to plan for the writing of a grant application.  In the "Plan Your Application" section of the recently updated NIH website, "Organize Your Time to Complete the Application" stresses the importance of submitting your application days, not hours, before the deadline.  Considering the large number of proposals I have seen submitted minutes before the deadline, under great stress from the PIs and everyone around them, I highly recommend taking NIH's advice on this.

Who do I talk to?

Often, individuals refer to the "NIH Program Officer" when speaking of NIH staff members who provide feedback and guidance on planned proposal submissions.  Most RFAs list several points of contact, all with different titles.  How do you know who to contact when you have a question?  Who can review your specific aims to help determine if your project is a good fit for a particular institute or funding opportunity?  A breakdown of the roles of various types of NIH program staff is provided here.  Of particular note, the Program Official "is responsible for the programmatic, scientific, and/or technical aspects of assigned applications and grants".

Saturday, May 14, 2016

NIH Focused on Maximizing Return on Investments

A recent blog post provides an overview of the methodology currently in use by NIH to look at its return on research grant investments.  Citations per dollar are being examined for R01s as a way to measure impact.  The main take-home from this study is that more funding = greater impact.  Personally, I like that NIH has found a way to use statistical analysis to show the impact of grant funding on research advances.  Perhaps this will help to show our elected officials the importance of the NIH funding portfolio when they make decisions that affect budget allocations and government spending.  Whether we are going to see a President Trump, Sanders, or Clinton, nobody can argue with the numbers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

You can now use special characters in your titles and file names for NIH applications

Yes, that's right.  Use all the betas and sigmas you wish, because NIH has updated the grant systems to allow for the use of special characters in titles and file names.  See the details here.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More great advice on the new 2015 NIH Biosketch format

The new biographical sketch format has thrown many people for a loop.  This major change in format and content has caused much confusion regarding how the biosketches will be received by reviewers.  Today I came across this blog post that provides some helpful insight.  Although the author provides a disclaimer that he does not know how his biosketch was received by reviewers, some of the advice he provides, particularly from a PO, may be useful as you develop your biosketch.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Try SciENcv when creating a biosketch in the new format.

This video provides an overview of the sciENcv system.  Given the confusion surrounding the new NIH biosketch format, I highly recommend using this system for the creation and updating of your biosketch.  You can save multiple versions.  Just be sure to select "New NIH Biosketch" when you start a new one, because the drop-down defaults to the old version.