Write a Winning Specific Aims Page and Narrative
Don't get your grant proposal rejected thanks to poor, disorganized or unstimulating writing. To get your research funded, you must capture your reviewer's attention early on. The best way to do this is to write a meticulous, impactful Specific Aims Page and Project Narrative. 

The most critical aspects of your grant application are the Specific Aims Page and the Project Narrative. If these sections are written masterfully, they can pique reviewer interest and enthusiasm, ultimately impacting your chances of getting your grant approved.

The problem is that the strategies and methods for developing a convincing Specific Aims Page and Project Narrative are challenging and convoluted. The good news is that by mastering what reviewers expect to see, you can give your application a fighting chance. This is where the recently released executive report, “Writing a Winning Specific Aims and Project Narrative,” by esteemed educator, Christopher Dant, PhD, can help.

Here are just a few of the proven Specific Aims Page and Project Narrative writing tactics from this information-packed executive report.

  • Construct your Specific Aims Page to incorporate exactly what the NIH expects
  • Dissect what NIH reviewers expect to see in the Project Narrative
  • Express the concepts of significance and innovation in your Aims page, a key to writing a successful grant
  • Write the NIH Narrative in lay language to express relevance to human health and attract peer reviewers
  • Raise the importance and impact of your work in the Specific Aims and Narrative sections
  • Use the right language on your Specific Aims Page to attract reviewer attention
  • And so much more…

This expert-written, step-by-step executive report will walk you through how to write a convincing Specific Aims Page and Project Narrative. By utilizing the proven tactics in this report you’ll be able to significantly improve your chances of getting your research noticed and ultimately funded.

Overcome the intense grant competition and heightened federal spending restrictions and significantly improve your chances of getting the NIH funding you need.

Reserve your downloadable PDF eBook of this executive report, and you’ll be on your way to writing a successful NIH grant that will get your research funded.


    Check out the Table of Contents:

    • Grant Reviewer Interest
    • What NIH Wants
    • Scoring Criteria
    • What NIH Doesn’t Want
    • Grant Application Rejection
    The Aims Page
    • Writing Your Aims Page
    • Four Paragraph Template
    • First Paragraph: What’s known, unknown and needed?
    • Second Paragraph: Hypothesis-based solutions and objectives
    • Third Paragraph: Hypothesis, Aim Dependence, Detail, Aim Count, Specificity
    • Fourth Paragraph: Demonstrating Innovation, Approach, Credible Outcomes
    • Use of Specific Language: Carefully Spell Out Problems
    • Specific Aims Gone Wrong: Risks, Importance, Advancement of field
    Project Narrative

    Searching for Funding Opportunities

    • What about technology development projects?
    • Why should the Aims stand alone?
    • Are there different expectations for R21 Aims?
    • Why are Specific Aims important?
    • Is it a good idea to have a timetable? How should I set it up?
    • Should I put expected results after Specific Aims?
    • Can you clarify what you meant by "Aims should not be dependent?"
    • How important is it to mention aspects of the Research Strategy in the Specific Aims?
    • Can you comment on the reviewer criticism “fishing expedition”?
    • How is the Project Narrative related to the application and why is it so important?
    • I'm not sure what we will discover in this research, so how can I write my expected outcomes? 

    Expert Contributor: Dr. Christopher Dant

    Dr. Christopher DantDr. Christopher 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 and worked as a senior writer and managed publications at Stanford’s Medical School and established and built 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 deliver lectures 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 Research and Training Grants for the NIH.

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