Writing the NIH Grant Proposal: A Step-by-Step Guide / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books of Books
"Writing the NIH Grant Proposal is a good, well-written book- it is practical and unpretentious. Throughout his step-by-step guide, Gerin provides realistic words of encouragement and strategies for success. "— Paul J. Silvia
Sharon Thompson
"[This book is] strongly recommended for researchers, especially junior researchers. Most universities have proposal-writing training sessions for junior faculty. This would be a nice supplement to such training sessions. I also think this would be a good text or supplement for a doctoral-level grant writing course…a tremendous resource for most researchers or aspiring researchers. "
Robert Strack
"The profession will benefit from an NIH grant writing text that steps the reader through the process with relevant examples."
Juliana van Olphen
"Writing an NIH grant is extremely daunting, particularly for new investigators and junior faculty. New investigators and junior faculty face many challenges in applying for federal grants, and Gerin's book could certainly help a junior investigator navigate the complicated process…[and] will help demystify and simplify the application process for many researchers….Gerin succeeds in demystifying NIH grantmaking and has provided useful strategies to assist in writing an NIH grant. "
Gale A. Spencer
"An excellent idea…This book clearly identifies how to prepare, submit and manage a federal grant…The approach with examples of forms and descriptions of the process should be very helpful to grant writers new to the process. I think it is needed, particularly for junior researchers and with pre- and post-doctoral students….The author covers the topic well and gives excellent suggestions and examples. "
Beverly L. Roberts
"A book like this is needed… [and] will benefit new researchers applying for NIH funding…Dr. Gerin does a superb job in distilling the copious information contained in a multitude of complex websites and in presenting the information in an engaging and clear manner. "
Tami Benham-Deal
"There is a real need for this type of handbook…I particularly like the inclusion of 'actual' examples. This provides the reader with an application of the text that is highly needed and valuable…. especially given the increasing pressures on academic institutions and their faculty and graduate students to bring in external funding, including the prized NIH funding. "
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books - Paul J. Silvia
"Writing the NIH Grant Proposal is a good, well-written book- it is practical and unpretentious. Throughout his step-by-step guide, Gerin provides realistic words of encouragement and strategies for success."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412915328
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Gerin received his BA in Psychology from Stanislaus State College in Turlock, California, in
1979, where his
operant and
conditioning avoidance models in animals. He then became interested in studying the role of human interactions in emotional regulation and received his Ph D in Social Psychology from Columbia University
in 1984 under the mentorship of Stanley
Schachter. In

1985, he
undertook an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology
the Cornell
University Medical Center, where he studied with Thomas
Pickering. He then went on to Mount Sinai Hospital, and then (back to) Columbia University,
until 2007. He has now moved his laboratory to Department of Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University, where he Professor of Biobeahvioral Health,
and is the director of the Experimental Cardiovascular Psychophysiology Laboratory. His current research areas include the examination of acute biological responses to stress and negative emotionality, including blood pressure, heart rate variability, cortisol, endothelial function, and inflammatory markers. His other areas of study include the role of emotional regulation in the development of hypertension and
coronary heart disease; behavioral interventions to improve medication adherence in culturally diverse patient populations; health disparities in cardiovascular disease, and the role of psychosocial
in cardiovascular disease.

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Table of Contents

The National Institutes of Health
The NIH Mission
Basic NIH Facts
NIH Funding Allocations
Other Funding Agencies
Mentoring and Collaborative Relationships
Finding and Working With a Mentor
Developing New Collaborative Relationships
Maintaining Ongoing Collaborative Relationships
Types of Award Mechanisms
Classes of Grant Mechanisms
Specific Grant Mechanisms
Training Grants
Career Awards
Grant Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities
Funding Levels for Different Grant Mechan
The SBIR and STTR Award Mechanisms
Preparation and Preliminary Steps
Are You Ready?
Try Out Your Ideas on Your Colleagues
The NIH Web Site: A Useful Resource
Healthy People 2010
The NIH Roadmap Initiative
The NIH “Guide for Grants and Contracts”
Requests for Applications
The Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP) Database
Contacting NIH Program Staff
Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Science
Pilot Data
Choosing Your Research Team and Conducting Initial Negotiations
Writing the Application, Part I: The Scientific Content
General Notes Concerning Scientific Writing
Writing the Proposal
The NIH Review Criteria
The Abstract
Section A: Specific Aims
Section B: Background and Significance
Section C: Preliminary Studies
Section D. Research Design and Methods
Common Reviewers’ Criticisms
Sections G Through K
Additional Information Required for Mentored NRSA Awards
Proposal Development Timeline
Revise, Revise, Revise, Proofread, Proofread
Writing the Application, Part II: Human/Animal Concerns
A Note Concerning Just-in-Time Procedures
A Brief Discussion of Ethics and Accountability
Required Education in the Protection of Human Participants
Section E: Ethical Concerns
Human Subjects Concerns
Informed Consent
Expedited Review
Waiver of the Requirement for a Signed Consent Form
Inclusion of Children in Research
Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Research
NIH Coding Scheme for Acceptability
Regarding Inclusion of Women and Minorities
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Certificates of Confidentiality
Data and Safety Monitoring
Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Writing the Application, Part III: The PHS 398 and SF 424 Forms Packets
Changes in the Application Process
The PHS 398 Form Pages
The Budget Justification (PHS 398 and SF 424)
Consortia and Subcontracts (PHS 398 and SF 424)
The Checklist (PHS 398 Only)
Modular Budgets (PHS 398 and SF 424)
SBIR and STTR Budgets
The Biographical Sketch Page (PHS 398 and SF 424)
The Resources Page (PHS 398 and SF 424)
Other Support Page (PHS 398 and SF 424)
Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table Page (PHS 398 and SF 424)
Letters of Support (PHS 398 and SF 424)
Personal Information on the PI (PHS 398 only)
Variations in the Form Pages (PHS 398 only)
Electronic Submission and the New SF 424 Form
Finding Research Opportunities and Downloading Applications Packages
The Budget Components of the SF 424 (R&R)
SF 424 (R&R) Budget Components
SF 424 (R&R) Modular Budgets
SF 424 (R&R) Biographical
Research Plan Comp
SF 424 (R&R) Checklist
Program Income, Assurances, and Certifications
Submitting the Application
The Electronic Research Administration for Grants Administration Support
The Cover Letter
Know your Integrative Review Group and Study Section
Submission Dates
Where and What to Send
The Grant Review and Award Process
The Grant Review Process
The Summary Statement
The Percentile Rank
The Review Criteria
Scoring the Application
If Your Score Is Not in the Fundable Range
Postscript: Be Careful What You Wish For
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Helpful Web Sites
Appendix C: Checklists
About the Author

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