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Where can I get help with writing the application?

After deciding which mechanism is best for you, you will want to begin writing your application.  Review applications of colleagues who have had successful review and funding.  Creating a well-organized and well-designed research plan is critical to successful peer review.  Be specific in describing what you are proposing to do, why this research is important and how you will do it. 

There are a number of resources available to you to help you in this process.  You will want to begin with the PHS 398 or SF424 form and its instructions.  Read the instructions carefully before developing your research plan.  The instructions give details about page limitations, format specifications, human subjects 

Human Subject
Legally defined term for living persons about whom an investigator obtains specimens or data through direct interaction 
any communication or other interpersonal contact between an investigator and a human subject. For more information, go to definitions in 45 CFR 46.102 and full 45 CFR 46.
or intervention or through identifiable, private information. Regulations include but are not limited to human organs, tissues, body fluids, and recorded information. Term is defined differently by FDA.
research requirements, and budget.  Some types of mechanisms are now using Electronic Submission of Grant 
financial assistance mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity. A grant is used whenever the NIH 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
the United State's medical research agency, a federal government agency composed of diverse Institutes and Centers that conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research. NIH Homepage.
Institute or Center anticipates no substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the financially assisted activities.

Organize your research plan in a logical fashion.  NIAID has created a detailed tutorial called NIH Grant Cycle: Application to Renewal that takes you through the process.

Include enough information to show you know what you're talking about.  Tell them how your early work prepares you for the new project.

Other Resources:

Grant Writing Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
Grant Writing Tips from OER
NIH Regional Seminar Presentations: Grant Writing for Successpdf format(7 MB)

Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. It organizes the peer review groups that evaluate the majority (70%) of the research grant applications sent to NIH. CSR Homepage
Advice to Investigators Submitting Clinical Research 
Clinical Research
patient-oriented research (human subjects, tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena), including epidemiologic and behavioral studies, outcomes research, and health services research in which a researcher directly interacts with human subjects.


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