NIH R01 Grant: Expert Writing Skills

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NIH R01 Grant: Expert Writing Skills

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  • Getting your research funded via an NIH R01 grant has never been more difficult. In 2017, NIH awarded an average of $482,395 to each grant recipient. The problem is that less than 20% of submitted R01 applications get funded, and that number continues to decrease.

    So, what’s the secret to being among this small percentage of R01 grant applicants that get approved? The answer is your ability to identify and rectify NIH reviewer objections to your R01 grant application before they are ever posed. However, this is easier said than done, unless you have some assistance….

    You can rise to the top of the fierce NIH R01 funding competition by utilizing the expert, step-by-step strategies outlined in this new manual entitled NIH R01 Grant: Expert Writing Skills.

    This brand-new, 9-chapter manual was developed by analyzing recently funded (2016 and 2017) NIH grant applications and utilizing them as real-world examples of the step-by-step expert guidance provided. The manual taps into the expertise of frontline veteran grant winners and reviewers to help you master the R01 application process from beginning to end (including resubmissions).

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  • This is the one resource you need to write a clear, compelling and fiercely competitive R01 application. Here are a few of the easy-to-implement strategies you’ll receive:

    • More effectively engage reviewers and get their “buy-in” to your research
    • Prove your institutional capabilities to accomplish your research
    • Master the Four-Paragraph Method to craft winning Specific Aims
    • Successfully feature your Overall Impact throughout your Research Plan
    • Generate reviewer confidence in your abilities with an expertly crafted Biosketch
    • Comply with new specimen and subject usage guideline requirements
    • Develop your Budget so that it is in sync with your Research Strategy
    • Maximize the effectiveness of reference letters to improve your fundability
    • Avoid formatting errors (font, margins, page count, etc.) that get your grant denied before it’s even reviewed
    • Spell out your research’s Significance so reviewers outside of your field can understand
    • Don’t fall into the trap of dependent Specific Aims
    • Accurately submit additional information to your grant without causing delays
    • And much more…

    Who will benefit from this manual?

    Any PI who writes an NIH R01 grant would benefit greatly. Also, PIs interested in applying for NIH funding and wanting to familiarize themselves with the required formats, attachments and application guidelines regulated by the NIH would also find this manual very helpful.


    CHAPTER 1: Starting Your Grant Application Process

    Determine Your Project Impact

    Qualifying for an NIH Grant

              Target the Right Institute or Center

              Researcher & Institute Qualifications

              Really Understanding Funding Opportunities

              Identify and Get the PO That’s Right for You

              Get Your Program Officer to Work for You

    Develop a Winning Game Plan

              Nail Down Your Strategy

              Create a Schedule that Works for You

              Creating Your Hypothesis

              Writing Your Provisional Title


    CHAPTER 2: Get Reviewers Engaged in Your Application

    Write a Project Summary That Stands Out

              Engage Reviewers Fast

              Project Summary Formatting Requirements

    Keep Your Project Narrative Brief

    Use Your Biosketch to Maximize Reviewer Confidence

              Deciding Who to Include

              Personal Statement (Biosketch Form Section A)

              New and Early Investigator Personal Statement

              Positions and Honors (Biosketch Form Section B)

              Contribution to Science (Biosketch Form Section C)

              Research Support (Biosketch Form Section D) 

                        Crafting Successful Letters of Support

                        Multiple PIs Means Additional Documentation


    CHAPTER 3: Highlight Your Institution’s Research Environment

    Detailing Your Facilities and Other Resources

              Resources That Support Independence

              Applying as an Early Stage Investigator

    Resource Sharing Requirements

              Data Sharing Plan

              Sharing Model Organisms

              NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS)


    CHAPTER 4: Write a More Successful Research Strategy and Specific Aims

    Perfecting Your Specific Aims

              Four-Paragraph Specific Aims Template

              Four-Paragraph Specific Aims Template Quick Reference

    Research Strategy Road Map

              Rigor and Transparency

              Section 1: Significance

              Section 2: Innovation

              Using Strong Preliminary Data to Convince Reviewers

              Section 3: Approach

              Bringing Everything Together

                        Chart: NIH Difference Between Significance and Impact

                        Reviewer Advice When Submitting a Progress Report
                        for Proposal Renewal/Revision

                        Integrate Overall Impact Throughout Your Application

                        Cite Your Bibliography and References


    CHAPTER 5: Human and Animal Subject Regulation Guidelines

    Implement New 2019 IRB Final Rule

    Vertebrate Animal Test Subjects Use, Justification, Pain & Distress


    Human Subjects Research

    Determine if Your Research is Exempt or Non-Exempt

              Select Agents


    CHAPTER 6:  Give Reviewers What They Want from Your Research Budget

    Strategy for Planning Your Budget

              Determining Your Total Funding Amount

    Which Budget Type is Right for You?

              Modular or Detailed Budget (Flowchart)

              Calculating Your Modular Budget

              Detailed Budget Guidelines (R&R)

    Screen 1: Personnel Allocations

              Calculating Person Months

    Screen 2: Direct Costs

    Screen 3: Other Costs

              Budget Justification (Detailed Budget)


    CHAPTER 7:  Final Checks and Balance to Complete Your Application

    Avoid These Simple but Critical Proposal Mistakes

    Creating a Successful Cover Letter, and When to Send it

    Late Application Guidelines

    Submitting Videos (Non-Traditional Application Materials)

    Accurately Complete Your Assignment Request Form

    How to Best Make Peer Review Suggestions

    Adding a Responsible Conduct of Research Plan

    Auditing Your Content

    Review Your Proposal for Quality of Writing

    Submit Your Application

    When Should You Withdraw Your Application?


    CHAPTER 8: Demystify NIH Application Review & Scoring Processes

    Receipt and Assignment Process

              How to Request a Change of Assignement

              Inside the Scientific Review Meeting

    Scoring Criteria Mystery

              Streamline Noncompetitive Applications

              Five Criteria to Determine Your Score

              Understanding Your Percentile Score

    Additional Considerations Review Criteria

    Get Answers to Your Summary Statement Questions

    Keeping Track of Your Application

    Finding Help at NIH When You Need it

    Submitting Additional Information

              Five Steps for Successful Post-Submission of Materials

              Just-in-Time Information


    CHAPTER 9: Improve Funding Changes with Resubmissions

    Identify and Overcome Reasons for Rejection

    Effectively Respond to Reviewer Comments

    Utilizing Your Program Officer Before Resubmitting

    Know Review Lingo, and Use it to Your Benefit

    Emphasizing Your Research’s Impact

    Nail Down Your Approach

    Write a Proper Introduction




    R01 Application Completion Checklist

    Roster of NIH Institutes, Centers & Offices

    Key Definitions

    Miscellaneous R01 Grant Writing Tools

              Research Involving Private Information or Biological Specimens

              Select Agents and Toxins List

              Select Agents and Toxins Exclusions

              Calculating Person Months

              Modular or Detailed Budget Flowchart

              How to Request a Change of Assignment

              Example R01 Grant Submission Task Completion Schedule

              Deadline - NIH R01 Grant Submission

              Applying as an Early Stage Investigator

              NIH General Application Formatting Requirements

              Project Summary Formatting Requirements

              NIH ID Number Breakdown

              NIH Difference Between Significant and Impact

              Overall Impact Scores Range From 1 to 9

              Preliminary Data: What to Include & What to Leave Out

              Reviewer Advice When Submitting a Progress Report for
              Proposal Renewal/Revision

              Four-Paragraph Specific Aims Template Quick Reference




  • Expert Contributors

    Dorothy Lewis, PhD
    Dorothy Lewis, PhD

    Dorothy Lewis, Ph.D. is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science center in Houston.  Dr. Lewis received her PhD in Microbiology in 1978 from the University of Arizona, then did an NIH supported postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico from 1978 to 1982. In 1982, she was also a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). 

    Dr. Lewis rose through the ranks at BCM and became a full professor in 2001. She moved to the University of Texas in 2009, where she serves as a member of the academic standards committee representing the Immunology program. She established a flow core facility for the Internal medicine department, served as the Immunology core director of the BCM/UT Center for AIDS research, and has developed multiple immune assays for clinical use. Outside of her research, she has developed a mentoring program for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young faculty members. 

    Dr. Lewis has studied HIV pathogenesis for over 35 years.  She was among the first to document changes in CD8 T cells in HIV-infected people and the implications of their activation and cellular death and has recently focused on understanding mechanisms responsible for metabolic dysfunction in HIV infected patients. She received her first NIH grant in 1985 and has had continuous support for her work in various aspects of HIV pathogenesis since that time, including an NIH MERIT grant from 2001-2012. Her work is held in high regard, as she is the author of more than 190 papers and several book chapters.

    Dr. Lewis has served on many NIH study sections and review boards. She was a member of the AIDS virology study section from 1992-1996, and from 2002-2006 she served on the NIAID council.  She became a member, and then chair, of the AIP (AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis) study section from 2007-2011, and after that, she was a member of the Training and Workforce Diversity review panel from 2012-16. 

    Mona Trempe, PhDMona Trempe, PhD

    Mona R. Trempe received her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. After completing post-doctoral fellowships at UCLA and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she took a faculty position at UMMC where she attained the rank of Professor. Her laboratory was continuously funded throughout her tenure with direct external grants from the Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, as well as through multiple collaborative projects.

    Dr. Trempe began a move into scientific administration through a term as a visiting program officer at the National Science Foundation. This inspired her retirement from UMMC and a decade-long second career as a scientific review officer at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. During her service at NSF and NIGMS, she managed the review of approximately 1000 grant applications encompassing a wide variety of grant mechanisms and award types. While at NIGMS, these included individual research projects (R01), research training programs (R25, T34), specialized research centers (R24), program projects (P50) and cooperative agreements (U01). While now retired, Dr. Trempe maintains her connection to the grant application process through her role as a member of the advisory board for a Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program at New Mexico State University.