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This primer on the writing of the NIH proposal and the mechanics of applying for NIH grants offers hands-on advice that simplifies, demystifies, and takes the fear out of writing a federal grant application. The graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or junior research faculty member applying for a prestigious NIH grant - anything from a training grant to a full-blown research award - faces many complex issues. Although several grant writing guides already exist, they are overly general and do not focus on the NIH process. Also, although several NIH institutes provide information regarding grant submissions, this information tends to be voluminous and insufficient to guide one through the process. This book provides specific and detailed step-by-step guidance in completing an NIH application through a number of unique features.
Written by an author with proven success in obtaining NIH grants and in developing grant application workshops for university and convention settings, this book features actual forms from NIH grant applications - including the brand new SF 424 forms - which have been annotated so as to guide readers step-by-step, highlighting unexpected nuances that can make all the difference between winning – and losing – a grant. This unique book extensively covers SBIR and STTR grants as well.
Writing the NIH Grant Proposal offers several key benefits to the reader:
Provides detailed help for both the PHS 398 and the brand new SF 424 grant application forms
Utilizes specific supporting cases and examples to clearly illustrate the grant proposal writing process
Includes flow charts illustrating the grant application review process at NIH
Features a section in which actual reviewers give advice about common pitfalls of proposals and what they, as reviewers, look for in a "fundable" proposal
References additional helpful resources in several appendices, including a glossary of terms used in NIH grant applications, a directory of helpful web sites, and a set of checklists to guide the reader through every aspect of the writing process
This book is an ideal and must-have resource for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members who are planning to apply for a NIH grant.