Principal Investigators Association


Successfully Use Your Biosketch and Abstract to Define Your Project and Your Qualifications

There are specific sections of NIH’s R01 application that allow you to outline your research topic and direction.As you approach these areas, your goal is to get the reviewers emotionally involved to the point that they champion your proposal.But NIH has placed limits on your efforts. The Project Summary (or Abstract) and the Project Narrative, for instance, have specific page counts that you cannot bypass. Working within these page counts can be particularly challenging with the Summary because initial NIH reviewers will use it to determine which Study Section it be assigned.

This chapter also examines the Biographical Sketch or “Biosketch” section. This is more than a simple biography or CV for the Principal Investigator.

There are ways you can creatively use this area to increase your chances to successfully obtain your needed funding.

Must-have, step-by-step expert guidance includes:

  • When to write your Project Summary — the experts weigh in
  • Keep your Narrative simple … the audience for it may not be who you think
  • Use the Personal Statement to tell why you’re the best individual for the project: we’ll show you how
  • Early-stage investigators should stress one detail in their Biosketch
  • NIH says stick with no more than 15 publications — how to pick the best ones
  • The key to a good letter of support may be to write it yourself … 4 tips every applicant should know


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