Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Advice on conducting transdisciplinary research

I recently came across this interesting blog post that provides information on resources that are essential to support the conduct of transdisciplinary research.  We have all been told that cross-disciplinary collaborations are increasingly becoming necessary in order to obtain research grants and make new scientific advances.  However, many disciplines exist in silos and it can be difficult to get started.  The blog post includes mention of the importance of relationships as a resource in transdisciplinary research, emphasizing trust as a key component.  This is an often overlooked area of key importance that crosses into all disciplines.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Funny take on "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with a grant-related twist

Everyone has been sharing this tongue-in-cheek Christmas rhyme 'Twas the night before grant deadline in my various social media circles.  In case you missed it on Facebook or Twitter, you can follow the link from here.

Or if you would like a refresher on the original tale, you can watch this cartoon, narrated by Perry Como.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Advice on managing awarded grants with vertebrate animals

NIAID provides a page with useful advice and links to key resources.  If you are managing a grant award that involved vertebrate animals, click here for helpful information.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Grant application writing help - a technical checklist

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provides a very useful checklist to guide applicants in development of their grant applications.  The list, located here, is relevant to applicants to other NIH institutes as well.

Perhaps my favorite item on this list is in the Specific Aims section.  It states:
"Are they "win-win" - i.e., will an outcome consistent with the null hypothesis still be a contribution to the field?"
This question is something people often lose sight of as they develop grant applications.  I highly recommend using this checklist as a guide to improve the competitiveness of your NIH grant application.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Your chances of success are slightly lower if you submit on the deadline

What are you waiting for?  The next NIH Parent R01 deadline is Wednesday, October 5th.  If your proposal is mostly ready and you are making final adjustments, stop procrastinating and get it finished, already!  If you are not even close to finished and won't be able to submit until close to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, perhaps you should defer to the February 5th deadline.  Read this excellent post for the reasons why.

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.