NIH R21 Research Strategy Writing Tactics to Get the Funding You Need

Available Immediately | 90 minutes | Price: $167 |

Is an R21 on your funding radar? This grant has been designed for high-risk, high-reward studies that may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or result in novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models or applications that will impact biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.  

Even though an R21 may seem like a perfect fit for you, it isn’t for everyone. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about this grant. The NIH formally says that preliminary data are not required for this grant, but most successful R21s include some preliminary studies. Also, contrary to some thinking, R21s are not intended for new investigators, and there is no evidence that they provide a path to an independent research career.

What is a fact is that in 2017, only 13.5% of submitted R21 applications were funded. This means that over 13,000 applications were rejected. Considering these odds, you simply can’t risk writing and submitting a subpar grant proposal, and a mediocre six-page Research Strategy just won’t cut it. So, what can you do to ensure your Research Strategy wins reviewers over?

That’s where experienced grant writer and funding expert, Christopher Dant, PhD, can help. Dr. Dant will show you how to make the most of your Research Strategy to significantly increase your chances of scoring high on this grant and get the funding you need.

Here are just a few of the step-by-step grant writing strategies you’ll receive by utilizing this 90-minute online training:

      • What the R21 Is and Is Not: Determine if your exploratory/novel research idea is the right fit for an R21
      • Specific Aims: Proven “Impact” writing strategies to convince the NIH your research is worth funding
      • 6-page Research Strategy: Expert writing tips to optimize your Significance, Innovation and Approach sections
      • Influencing Reviewers: Grab reviewers’ attention, and keep them interested, with a writing style that works
      • Realistic Project Scope: Key pointers to ensure the scope of your R21 project doesn’t exceed grant limitations
      • Preliminary Data: Is preliminary data really not a requirement? Find out here
      • And much more!

The R21 is one of the most popular research grant mechanisms at the NIH and even though it is highly competitive, with the right guidance, your chances for an R21 approval can significantly increase. By taking advantage of this online training, you will receive expert advice on what the R21 is, understand if it is a good fit for your work, and give yourself the best chance to submit an application for a project that reviewers would love to fund. Don’t delay. Sign up today!

Who Should Attend:
PIs interested in learning more about this grant mechanism, as well as those who plan to submit their R21 proposal to the NIH. Scientists interested in focusing their writing to more concisely and effectively relay the impact of their research will benefit greatly as well.

Meet Your Expert: Dr. Christopher Dant

Dr. Dant is a PhD-trained medical researcher and educator with over 40 years’ experience in government, academic, and biopharmaceutical settings. His PhD training was in immunology and cellular biology, and he previously conducted research for several medical institutions in the United States. Dr. Dant was trained in grant writing at the NIH, managed publications at Stanford’s Medical School, and established the Clinical Publications Division at Genentech in California. 

Until recently, Dr. Dant served on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School and Norris Cotton Cancer Center to work with PIs on developing R and K grants and lectured the faculty lectured faculty on NIH grant writing and manuscript writing. He lectures widely in academic and biopharmaceutical settings on manuscript writing, NIH career, and research grants, and basic scientific writing skills for scientists and his business, MEDCOM Consulting, serves academic clients to review and write NIH Research and Training Grants, as well as peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is available at medcomconsul@gmail.com.


“Good information for someone new to R grants.”
- Jody Feld, Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Chapel Hill NC.

“This webinar was very focused and clear and Sufficient time was allotted for the main content and Q&A.”
- Vijaya Kancherla, Research Assistant Professor, Emory University, Atlanta GA.

“Great overview”
- Jonathan Leckenby, Assistant Research Professor, URMC, Rochester NY.

“Cleared lots of misconceptions on R21”
- Amruthesh Shivachar, Associate Professor, Texas Southern University, Houston TX.

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