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Make Every Word Count Twice:. Constance D. Baldwin, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY. How to squeeze. your NIH proposal. into half the space. Do the new formats make you feel squeezed?. Revised Outline of NIH Research Plan.

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Constance d baldwin ph d professor of pediatrics university of rochester medical center

Make Every Word Count Twice:

Constance D. Baldwin, Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics,

University of Rochester

Medical Center

Rochester, NY

How to squeeze

your NIH proposal

into half the space


Do the new formats make you feel squeezed

Do the new formats make you feel squeezed?


Revised outline of nih research plan

Revised Outline of NIH Research Plan


New nih format suggested page allocations

New NIH Format: Suggested Page Allocations

  • Specific Aims (1 page)

  • Research Strategy (12 pages)

    • Significance (~2 p)

    • Innovation (~1 p)

    • Approach (includes Preliminary Studies/Progress Report) (~9 p)

  • K-awards: 1+12 p for Candidate Background, Career Devel Plan, and Research Strategy

  • For R03s, R21s: 1+6 p


K proposal suggested page allocations

K-proposal: Suggested Page Allocations

  • Candidate Statement (~ 4pp)

  • Specific Aims (1 p)

  • Approach (~8 pp)

    • Significance (1.5 pp)

    • Innovation (.5 p)

    • Approach (includes Preliminary Studies/Progress Report) (6 pp)

      Total length= 13 pages


In the enhanced nih world is smaller better

In the “enhanced” NIH world: Is smallerbetter?


Make every word count twice fly high

Make every word count twice: Fly high!

  • Work to achieve the 30,000 ft perspective

    • Practice your “Big Picture” skills

    • Develop your elevator speech

    • Tell it to your Mom

  • Craft a 30,000 ft and a 5,000 ft summary statement and refer to these as you write

  • Practice focus on design > methods, approach > techniques

  • Create the context (big picture) carefully, add details only as needed for clarification (e.g. as examples)


Make every word count twice fight for brevity

Make every word count twice: Fight for brevity!

  • Practice the rules of brevity:

    • Build sentences around the best subject

    • Choose verbs for compact power of expression

    • Use active voice to simplify sentences

    • Avoid abstractions and long-winded sentences

    • Avoid empty phrases (“due to the fact that…”)

    • Use controlled parallel constructions to embed lists

      Writing tutorial available at: http://www.academicpeds.org/espauthoring/page_01.htm

  • Make your pictures worth 1000 words: use figures and tables to reduce need for narrative

  • Use smart formatting to:

    • Simplify navigation around the proposal

    • Emphasize critical phrases

  • When you repeat for emphasis, use new words to give a new spin or point of emphasis


Constance d baldwin ph d professor of pediatrics university of rochester medical center

Diabetes

Abdominal Obesity

Cardiovascular Disease

Proposed Metabolic Syndrome Factors in the Life Course from Obesity to Cardiovascular Disease

Genetics, Perinatal, Puberty, Diet,

Physical Activity

Potential Precursors:

Adiponectin

Other inflammatory cytokines

  • Dyslipidemia

  • Elevated BP

  • Abnormal glucose-insulin metabolism

  • Pro-inflammatory factors

  • Pro-thrombotic factors

Tobacco use/exposure

Childhood Adolescence Adulthood

Bold = factors included in this study


Constance d baldwin ph d professor of pediatrics university of rochester medical center

SUMMARY OF STUDY DESIGN

STUDY 1: Longitudinal

Aim 1A

Study Population

9-10 yr olds

(Monroe County n ~20,000)

Practice-based and School Recruitment Subject Screening

School Recruitment

Pool n=5,300

Practice Recruitment

Pool n=4,200

Family Meetings at Schools

Consent to contact PCP

Verbal tobacco screening

Chart Review: BMI 50th to 98th percentile

Subject Enrollment and Initial Consent

Chart Review: BMI 50th to 98th percentile

Mailing from Practices about Study

Phone Screening: Tobacco Exposure

STUDY 1:

Aim 1B

Written Consent and Assent (n = 240)

Complete Body composition Serum

History Measures Measures

STUDY 2:

Cross-sectional

Aim 2

Baseline Data Collection

& Analysis

Phone contact @ 6mo

  • Study population

  • (Subset of Study 1 sample)

    • n=30 No tobacco exposure

    • n=30 High tobacco exposure

Visit at 12 mo

Repeat measure of Athropometric, body fat, cotinine and serum markers

Longitudinal

Data

Collection and Analysis

Phone contact @ 18m

  • Measurements:

    • Regional Fat by MRI

      • Insulin sensitivity by FSGTT

Visit at 24 mo

Phone contact @ 30m

Cross-sectional

Data Collection and Analysis

Visit at 36 mo


Make every word count twice exploit those supplements

Make every word count twice: Exploit those supplements!

  • Use Letters of Support to amplify on institutional support, career development activities, and methods

  • Use Bio Sketches (all of them!) to highlight your skills, and clarify roles of your collaborators and mentors

  • Use Resources to build your image while reinforcing institutional commitment

  • Use Appendices to supplement Preliminary Studies


In some worlds smaller really is better

In some worlds, smaller really is better


In other worlds beauty comes in all sizes

In other worlds, beauty comes in all sizes


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