Some advice on writing NIH proposals

January 29, 2015 by Claudia Scholz

Dallas Anderson, of the National Institute on Aging, shared a few bits of advice on successful NIH proposal writing. Much of the advice you’ve probably heard before, but a few items bear repeating:

  • “Most importantly, simplify your research plan.”
  • “Applications become stronger by reducing complexity and eliminating poorly developed aims from the proposed research. How many aims should an application have? With current page limits, it’s difficult to adequately defend more than three or four.”
  • “Write a “tight” set of aims. Like a good story, the parts connect, and the conclusion follows from them.”
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