GMS 6096 Introduction to NIH Grant writing for

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GMS 6096: Introduction to NIH Grant writing for biomedical sciences. Jan 28, 2015 Thoughts

GMS 6096: Introduction to NIH Grant writing for biomedical sciences. Jan 28, 2015 Thoughts on grant writing David Fuller Dept. of Physical Therapy Mc. Knight Brain Institute University of Florida [email protected] ufl. edu

How do grants get funded? My view: 3 key considerations that apply to RO

How do grants get funded? My view: 3 key considerations that apply to RO 1, R 21 and RO 3.

How do grants get funded? Good idea

How do grants get funded? Good idea

How do grants get funded? Good idea VERY clearly presented

How do grants get funded? Good idea VERY clearly presented

How do grants get funded? Good idea VERY clearly presented Luck / Good planning

How do grants get funded? Good idea VERY clearly presented Luck / Good planning

The following slides will provide an overview of what *I think are some of

The following slides will provide an overview of what *I think are some of the most important aspects of a successful grant application *, others will probably have different opinions

Reviewers are trying their best. (reviewing is a difficult job)

Reviewers are trying their best. (reviewing is a difficult job)

Assume nothing except that the reader will be intelligent

Assume nothing except that the reader will be intelligent

Read as many successful grants as you can.

Read as many successful grants as you can.

What is great art? Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer The Scream Edvard

What is great art? Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer The Scream Edvard Munch Wheat Field with Cypresses Van Gogh

Templates usually don’t work Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer The Scream Edvard

Templates usually don’t work Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer The Scream Edvard Munch Wheat Field with Cypresses Van Gogh

Use all available resources Collaborators: Equipment: Intellectual environment:

Use all available resources Collaborators: Equipment: Intellectual environment:

A unifying central hypothesis A good idea when possible. It usually makes the grant

A unifying central hypothesis A good idea when possible. It usually makes the grant easier to read.

The Aims page should read like a (good) novel Tell a story. Help the

The Aims page should read like a (good) novel Tell a story. Help the reader. Write the review for the reviewer.

Choose your study section carefully Use the cover letter. Do NOT suggest specific names

Choose your study section carefully Use the cover letter. Do NOT suggest specific names of reviewers.

Preliminary data New vs. Senior Investigator New vs. established method Central vs. peripheral hypothesis

Preliminary data New vs. Senior Investigator New vs. established method Central vs. peripheral hypothesis Often new investigators have more preliminary data than they think…

Never, ever “just submit and see what happens”

Never, ever “just submit and see what happens”

Do not wait until the last minute for: Abstract Rebuttal Vertebrate animals Personal statements

Do not wait until the last minute for: Abstract Rebuttal Vertebrate animals Personal statements Etc.

*Acronyms are almost always a terrible idea *unless it is “DNA” or something at

*Acronyms are almost always a terrible idea *unless it is “DNA” or something at that level of public awareness

Figures & tables need to be very easy to read

Figures & tables need to be very easy to read

Revise, Tweak, Proofread …. alot 100+ hours

Revise, Tweak, Proofread …. alot 100+ hours

Resubmissions Should I resubmit? Address all concerns The rebuttal is perhaps the most important

Resubmissions Should I resubmit? Address all concerns The rebuttal is perhaps the most important part of the resubmission

Resubmissions Be prepared to admit that aspects of your initial idea (or maybe the

Resubmissions Be prepared to admit that aspects of your initial idea (or maybe the entire idea) is/are bad Be prepared to admit that your initial draft needs to be “blown up”

R 21 vs. RO 3

R 21 vs. RO 3

R 21

R 21

R 21

R 21

R 21 Consider carefully if the submission should be an RO 1

R 21 Consider carefully if the submission should be an RO 1

R 21: my experience 2 funded R 21 grants Pilot data

R 21: my experience 2 funded R 21 grants Pilot data

RO 3 http: //grants. nih. gov/grants/funding/r 03. htm

RO 3 http: //grants. nih. gov/grants/funding/r 03. htm

RO 3 http: //grants. nih. gov/grants/funding/r 03. htm

RO 3 http: //grants. nih. gov/grants/funding/r 03. htm

RO 3: my experience http: //grants. nih. gov/grants/funding/r 03. htm

RO 3: my experience http: //grants. nih. gov/grants/funding/r 03. htm

Thank You

Thank You