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1 David Fuller Dept. of Physical Therapy McKnight Brain Institute University of Florida R03 and R21: When Are They Appropriate? GMS 6096: Introduction to NIH Grant writing for biomedical sciences Jan 30, 2013

2 *My thoughts on grant writing, and some comments about RO3 vs. R21 *, just my opinions David Fuller Dept. of Physical Therapy McKnight Brain Institute University of Florida

3 How do grants get funded? My view: 3 key considerations

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

5 The next series of slides will provide an overview of what I think are some of the most important aspects of a successful grant application *, just my opinions

6 Assume nothing except that the reader will be intelligent

7 Read successful grants. Lots of them.

8 Templates usually don’t work What is great art?

9 Use all available resources People: Equipment:

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

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

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

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

14 Never, ever “just submit and see what happens”

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

16 Acronyms are almost always a terrible idea

17 Figures & tables need to be very easy to read

18 Revise, Tweak, Proofread …. at least 100x

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

20 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 writing is bad and needs to be completely “blown up” Resubmissions

21 R21 vs. RO3

22 R21

23 Consider carefully if the submission should be an RO1

24 R21: my experience 2 grants:

25 RO3

26 RO3: my experience

27 Thank You


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