You will write a 5-paged single-spaced grant based on your research question that is formatted according to NIH guidelines, and written as if it were going to be reviewed by the NIH criteria described below. All of the proposed work must be experiments that can be completed in a laboratory. Human trials or drug trials or clinical trials are not allowed. The goal of the grant must be to understand some kind of interaction involving microorganisms. It can be basic science or applied, and it does not need to be related to health in any way (even though NIH requires this).
You will be writing this grant as if you were sending it to the National Institutes of Health (although you do not need to pretend it has an impact on human health. we are mostly just using their format). Here is a link to some R01 samples, annotated by NIH. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/grants-contracts/sample-applications#r01 (Links to an external site.). I highly recommend that you look at these examples in pdf form to see the comments.
Below is a description of the sections you should have in your proposal. I want a title page with the title of your grant, your name, and your institution. The next page of your grant should consist of the summary statement (described below) and nothing else. Pages 3-8 of your proposal should be your project narrative, described below. Your project narrative should be no longer than 5 pages, single-spaced, including figures, tables, and figure captions and tables. After the project narrative, (pages 8+) you should have a bibliography section that cites all of the references used in the project narrative. This bibliography section is not included in the page limits of the narrative or summary statement. You do not need to include a bio or budget, etc. The formatting requirements are posted at the end of this description.
These are the instructions for the summary statement
The Project Summary must contain a summary of the proposed activity suitable for dissemination to the public. It should be a self-contained description of the project and should contain a statement of objectives and methods to be employed. It should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields and insofar as possible understandable to a scientifically or technically literate lay reader. This Summary must not include any proprietary/confidential information.
The Project Summary is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application. State the application’s broad, long-term objectives and specific aims, making reference to the health relatedness of the project (i.e., relevance to the mission of the agency(*** you do not have to argue that your project affects health, but you still need to explain why it is important).
Describe concisely the research design and methods for achieving the stated goals. This section should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields and insofar as possible understandable to a scientifically or technically literate reader. Avoid describing past accomplishments and the use of the first person. Finally, please make every effort to be succinct. This section must be no longer than 30 lines of text, and follow the required font and margin specifications. An abstract which exceeds this allowable length may be flagged as an error by the agency upon submission. This would require a corrective action before the application will be accepted.
Project narrative instructions
These are the sections you should have in your project narrative. Each section must be labelled with a heading, and subsections must also be labelled with a heading. ***ignore the following sections: Preliminary studies for new applications, Progress report for renewal….,
I attached a picture of the narrative instruction table above!
Formatting requirements are described below:
Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies.)
Type density, including characters and spaces, must be no more than 15 characters per inch.
Type may be no more than six lines per inch.
Paper Size and Page Margins
Use standard paper size (8 ½” x 11).
Use at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. No information should appear in the margins, including the PI’s name and page numbers.
Since a number of reviewers will be reviewing applications as an electronic document and not a paper version, applicants are strongly encouraged to use only a standard, single-column format for the text. Avoid using a two-column format since it can cause difficulties when reviewing the document electronically.
To make it easier to review your grant, include your last name, a shortened (5 words or less) title, and the page number in the header.
Figures, Graphs, Diagrams, Charts, Tables, Figure Legends, and Footnotes
You may use a smaller type size but it must be in a black font color, readily legible, and follow the font typeface requirement. Color can be used in figures; however, all text must be in a black font color, clear and legible.
Use English and avoid jargon.
If terms are not universally known, spell out the term the first time it is used and note the appropriate abbreviation in parentheses. The abbreviation may be used thereafter. Limit the number of abbreviated terms to five totals.
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