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

Third Edition


October 2017 | 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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William Gerin

William Gerin received his BA in Psychology from Stanislaus State College in Turlock, California in 1979, where he studied operant and classical conditioning avoidance models in animals.  He became interested in the role of human interactions in emotional regulation, and received his PhD in Social Psychology from Columbia University in 1984, under the mentorship of Stanley Schachter.  In 1985 Gerin undertook an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Cornell University Medical Center.  He then went on to Mount Sinal Hospital and (back to) Columbia University, when he moved his laboratory... More About Author

Christine Kapelewski Kinkade

Christine H. Kapelewski Kinkade earned her BS in Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Pennsylvania State University in 2011.  After graduating, she went to work at the University of California, Berkeley for two years as a Research Compliance Analyst.  Chrissy is now at the University of California, Davis where she is a Clinical Trials Analyst for the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials.   More About Author

Niki L. Page

Niki Page is the Director of Grants and Contracts for the College of Health and Human Development.  Niki has worked as a research administrator at the Pennsylvania State University since 2001.  She has performed a variety of roles, to include project management over a large DOE Research Center; to being the first Pre-Award Director of Penn State's Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office.  She has shepherded more than 4,000 sponsored research applications and enjoys partnering with faculty teams to help them navigate the ever change world of extramural funding.  Prior to joining Penn State, Niki proudly served in the... More About Author

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