This widely-acclaimed session provides step-by-step instructions for how to craft a winning NIH grant proposal and is appropriate for all SOM faculty who are actively writing grants. Space is limited and seats are expected to fill up quickly, so sign up now if you wish to attend.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Robertson, Ph D, Managing Member, Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC Where: Duke South Amphitheater Who should attend?
Overuse of italics or underlining can be distracting.
The Critical Need: The critical need is the knowledge (hypothesis-driven), technique, new compound, or treatment that you propose to develop.
Ideally, this sentence should convey a sense of importance or urgency to your research.
Explain quickly WHAT your research topic is and WHY it is critical that you conduct the research (i.e.Over the years, Tax has proven to be a valuable model system in which to interrogate cellular processes, revealing pathways and mechanisms that play important roles in cellular transformation.Although the Tax oncoprotein has been shown to transform cells in culture and to induce tumors in a variety of transgenic mouse models, the mechanism by which Tax transforms cells is not well understood.Convey that your research will fill this gap using the funding that you are requesting.In the example Specific Aims page we use here (See Figure 1), the most critical piece of the gap in knowledge has been italicized.The Specific Aims section is central to your grant proposal.Therefore, it should be the first section you write.It is critical to know your funding entity’s mission statement and ensure the critical need you are trying to fill fits well within its mission.It should include the following information: First Sentence/Hook: In this sentence, briefly describe what your proposal will be about. In this section, you must quickly gain the reviewers’ trust and confidence while simultaneously convincing them that your work is important to fund. The Specific Aims section is the most vital part of any NIH grant application.