Thursday, September 1, 2016

Meeting the new NIH Rigor and Reproducibility Guidelines

NIH has prepared a convenient one-page guide that helps to ensure your application meets the new requirements.  You can download a PDF of this document here.  The NIH Rigor and Reproducibility page located here has more details and guidance on this policy.

Another great image that outlines the new grant outlines was developed by NICHD.  You can find that here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Appendix Changes are Coming

NIH has gradually been limiting what can be included in the Appendix of your grant proposal over the past several years.  Gone are the days when you could simply move extra text to the Appendix to circumvent page limits.  In a recent notice, NIH announced that Appendix materials will be further limited for upcoming deadlines for NIH, NIOSH, and AHRQ.  Beginning January 25, 2017, most materials will no longer be allowed in the Appendix.  Proposals that fail to comply with the revised instructions will not be reviewed.  For more information, view this NIH Notice.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Register now for the upcoming NIH Regional Seminar

Registration for the next NIH Regional Seminar ends September 1st!  This year's seminar on program funding and grants administration will be held in the wonderful city of Chicago, Illinois at the Palmer House Hotel.  (This is a Hilton property, for those of you who are brand-loyal.)  The main seminar will be October 27-28.  It will be preceded by optional pre-seminar workshops on October 26.  Review the schedule here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Starting with the basics

For those new to NIH grant proposal writing, NIH provides a fantastic overview of the grant submission and review process.  The schematic (located here) links to detailed introductory information and instructions.

Accompanying the schematic is a video that provides further details on the grants process.

Read the content, watch the video, and you will have a basic foundation that will help you to understand the ins and outs of the NIH grants process.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you had a safe and fun holiday.  Enjoy these fireworks under a microscope!

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.