Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Home No. 16: Environment Is More Than a List of Space and Equipment

Jul 06

No. 16: Environment Is More Than a List of Space and Equipment

Posted by: admin in

Tagged in: Untagged 

Sponsored Message

Sign Up to receive free weekly articles like these:

Environment Is More Than a List of Space and Equipment

Reader Question: When detailing my environment in my NIH grant application, I know to include the space and equipment I’ll have on hand. But should I include anything else? How can I show that my scientific surroundings will contribute to my project’s success?

Expert Comments:

One thing PIs aren’t in the habit of including is a discussion of the intellectual environment. For example, do you have collaborators with whom you can discuss ideas and challenges? Are there collaborating institutions that promote you and your colleagues getting together to address research-related challenges?

You may also want to include in your application the names of individuals — at your institution or within your network — who have made themselves available to assist you with their knowledge and expertise.

This information is incredibly important in communicating how your environment contributes to your proposal’s success. And these things won’t be apparent to a reviewer unless you articulate them in the environment section of your application.

The environment section also demonstrates your institution’s overall support for your research. For early-stage investigators in particular, reviewers want to see that your institution values your work and is committed to helping you succeed.

At the same time, demonstrating institutional support addresses your project’s feasibility and your freedom to perform your research away from classrooms, advising, committees and other day-to-day duties that compete for your time. Reviewers want to be sure you will have both time and facilities to tackle the research you describe.

Expert comments by Abby Parrill, PhD, Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.

Comments (2)
written by No news, July 07, 2011
I know that there's this new section in the grant application, but I haven't seen any feedback on the scoring sheets regarding how NIH is applying this during the review process. Has anyone been scored on this and what is NIH saying?
Injury Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
written by Linda Lacke, July 07, 2011
How do I address the fact that I am a new investigator without a long track record, but have appropriate training and a good research idea that matches the funder's mission?

Write comment
smaller | bigger

Write the displayed characters