Principal Investigators Association

Writing the NIH R Grant: Strategies for a Competitive Application

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Writing a winning NIH grant proposal requires that investigators produce a highly polished, cohesive grant that really knocks it out of the park for its significance, innovation, and approach while showing that it will have a major impact on their field.
But what does “highly polished and cohesive” mean? What do NIH reviewers really want to see in your proposal? And what should your proposal include to engage reviewers from the get-go and help you achieve funding success? To be competitive today, new and inexperienced grant writers must learn the essentials of strong grantsmanship that is rarely taught in academia, and that’s where Dr. Christopher Dant comes in…
During his 90-minute Webinar, Dr. Dant will present a systematic approach to writing a winning proposal by explaining what NIH research/R grant reviewers expect to see. He will show some common mistakes investigators make in their writing, and ways to avoid them. Expert guidance for optimum grant organization, aesthetics, and writing essentials that are vital to a competitive presentation will also be presented. Walk away with up-to-the-minute advice on grant writing strategies taken directly from NIH reviewers, as well as from faculty who have written successful grants and served as peer reviewers.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • A systematic approach to writing a winning grant by explaining what NIH expects to see in the research/R grant. 
  • Common mistakes investigators often make in writing their grant that causes it to immediately fail, and how to avoid them. 
  • How to write a winning Specific Aims page.
  • How to use the new NIH requirements to your advantage.
  • How to make your grant rise to the top in terms of significance, impact, and innovation.
Who Should Attend:

  • Graduate students
  • Postdocs
  • Basic/clinical research investigators
  • Anyone else writing a proposal to NIH or a non-federal medical foundation

Meet Your Presenter:

Christopher Dant is a PhD-trained medical researcher and educator with over 40 years’ experience in government, academic, and biopharmaceutical settings. His PhD training was in immunology and cellular biology and he previously conducted research for several medical institutions in the United States. Dr. Dant was trained in grant writing at the NIH and was a former journal editor at JAMA. He worked as a senior writer and managed publications at Stanford’s Medical School and established and built the Clinical Publications Division at Genentech in California. Until recently, Dr. Dant served on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School and Norris Cotton Cancer Center to deliver lectures on NIH grant writing and manuscript writing. He lectures widely in academic and biopharmaceutical settings on manuscript writing, NIH career and research grants, and basic scientific writing skills for scientists and his business, MEDCOM Consulting, serves academic clients to review and write Research and Training Grants for the NIH. 

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