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Grantsmanship: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! or How to Swim with the Sharks and Survive!. Jerry Heindel, Ph.D . Scientific Program Administrator Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS firstname.lastname@example.org . NIH/DHHS/NIEHS. NIH. I am from the Government
Jerry Heindel, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Administrator
Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS
I am from the Government
and I am here to help you!
Start With the End in Mind!
Grantsmanship is a full time job….
Knowing the Science is not enough!
Review administrators setup and conduct scientific and technical reviews of grant applications to identify those of highest scientific and technical merit in their respective discipline and disease areas.
Grants Management Officials ensure that business management actions for NIH programs and awards are performed correctly, efficiently, and in accordance with pertinent grant policies and good business practices, including responsibility for maintaining official grant files.
Scientific Program Administrator:
Grants Management Official:
Scientific Review Administrator:
(AREA) - R15
It is not the will to win that’s important. Everyone wants to win! It is the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.Bobby Knight
There is an art to writing applications!
TIP: MELD SCIENCE, SALESMANSHIP
AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Overall goal: To make everyone involved in the process happy…to make their job easier.
Does this study address and important problem?
If the aims are achieved, how will scientific knowledge or clinical practice be advanced?
What will be the effect of these studies on the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services or preventative interventions that drive the field?
Is the project original and innovative?
Does the project challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice: address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field?
Does the project develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools or technologies for this area of research?
Are the conceptual or clinical framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, and appropriate to the aims of the project?
Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative strategies?
Is the Principal Investigator capable of coordinating and managing the proposed work ?
Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level of the Principal Investigator and other researchers, including consultants and subcontractors (if any)?
Are the relationships of the key personnel to the University and to other institutions appropriate for the work proposed?”
Is there sufficient access to resources (e.g., equipment, facilities)?
Does the scientific and technological environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success?
Do the proposed experiments take advantage of unique features of the scientific environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements?
Knowing the Science is not enough.
The Scientist as a Salesperson :
And put it in the proper form !
( 1-2 sentences)
The flow of logic must be compelling!!!
Why is this application special….what singles out this application?
Goal: To convince the reviewers that you are familiar with the field and to justify need for proposed study.
Goal: To establish your experience and competence in the area of application.
For Each Aim/Milestone:
Justify everything including number of animals, assays, statistical analysis, timetable and that you have experience and expertise needed.
By the end of May 2007, NIH plans to:
Announced in the NIH Guide, Aug. 19, 2005:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-067.html
Applying for Grants at Grants.gov:
After finding the grant opportunity on Grants.gov:
Step 1: Download the grant application package. (PureEdge Software required to view.)
Step 2: Complete the application.
Step 3: Submit the application to Grants.gov. (Processed through Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR)).
Step 4: Track the status of the submitted application package you are notified it has been retrieved by NIH.
Step 5: eRA software checks the application against NIH business rules.
Step 6: NIH notifies PI and Signing Official via email to check the eRA Commons for results of NIH rule checking.
Step 7: If the application passes NIH rules, SF424 (R&R)-based grant image appears.
Apply for Grants (cont.):
Step 8: If application does not pass NIH rules, errors and warnings are listed.
Step 9: After verification, data and grant image are saved and application begins getting processed by NIH staff.
IC and IRG
Scientific Review Group
Evaluate for Relevance
Advisory Council or Board
Takes final action for NIH DirectorAPPLICATION, REVIEW, and AWARD
National Institutes of Health
~2-3 months after review