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Writing the NIH Grant Proposal
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Writing the NIH Grant Proposal
A Step-by-Step Guide

Third Edition


January 2018 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Writing the NIH Grant Proposal, Third Edition offers hands-on advice that simplifies, demystifies, and takes the fear out of writing a federal grant application. Acting as a virtual mentor, this book provides systematic guidance for every step of the NIH application process, including the administrative details, developing and managing collaborative relationships, budgeting, and building a research team. Helpful hints along the way provide tips from researchers who have received grants themselves and coverage of the updated electronic NIH process and new scoring system is included.

 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Acknowledgments
 
CHAPTER 1. The National Institutes of Health
The NIH Mission

 
Basic NIH Facts

 
Other Funding Agencies

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Mentoring and Collaborative Relationships and What to Do If Things Go Awry
Developing New Collaborative Relationships

 
Maintaining Ongoing Collaborative Relationships

 
Finding and Working With a Mentor

 
What to Do When Interpersonal Problems Arise

 
 
CHAPTER 3. Types of Award Mechanisms
Identifying the Correct Grant Mechanism for Your Proposal . . .

 
The Menu

 
Classes of Grant Mechanisms

 
NIH Small Grant Program (R03)

 
Scope

 
NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21)

 
Factors to Consider in Identifying an Award Mechanism

 
Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

 
Research Supplements

 
Success Rates for Different Grant Mechanisms and Different I/Cs

 
The SBIR and STTR Award Mechanisms

 
In What Areas Is the NIH Interested?

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Preparation and Preliminary Steps
Are You Ready?

 
Try Out Your Ideas on Your Colleagues

 
The NIH Website: A Useful Resource

 
The NIH “Guide for Grants and Contracts”

 
Requests for Applications

 
Contacting NIH Program Staff

 
Choosing Your Research Team and Conducting Initial Negotiations

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Writing the Application, Part I: Scientific Content and Writing Strategies
The Scientific Content

 
General Notes Concerning Scientific Writing

 
Sections of the Proposal

 
The NIH Review Criteria

 
New Procedures Implemented by NIH Concerning Content of the Proposal

 
Resources

 
Writing the Individual Sections of the Grant Text

 
Research Strategy

 
Common Reviewers’ Criticisms

 
Proposal Development Timeline

 
Revise, Revise, Revise, Proofread, Proofread . . .

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Writing the Application, Part II: Ethics
Human Subjects Research

 
Use of Stem Cells

 
Use of Biohazards and Select Agents

 
Humane Care and Use of Animals

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 7. Writing the Application, Part III: Filling Out Budgets and Other Forms
Changes to the Application Process

 
The Title

 
The Budget

 
The Budget Justification

 
Consortia and Subcontracts

 
SBIR/STTR Budgets

 
Identifying Research Opportunities and Downloading Applications Packages

 
The Components of the SF 424 (R&R) Form

 
The Budget Justification

 
Letters of Support and/or Collaborators/Consultants

 
The SF 424 Form

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Submitting the Application and the Grant Review and Award Process
Submission

 
The Grant Review and Award Process

 
Overall Impact

 
Scored Review Criteria

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Be Careful What You Wish For . . .
Notice of Grant Award (NGA)

 
Managing Your Grant Award

 
Setting Up the Command Structure

 
Bookkeeping

 
Yearly Progress Reports

 
Mea Culpa

 
Summary

 
Postscript

 
 
Glossary
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5: Writing the Application, Part I


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