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>> KEITH YAMAMOTO: In NIH applications, perhaps the

most common, especially among new investigators, is over ambitiousness.

Just kind of spreading out and trying to cover too much territory.

>> MARTIN PHILBERT: If you do not convey the essence of

the idea clearly, then no matter how good the idea is, it's lost. And so what

we term as grantsmanship frequently on the panel is really the idea of

efficiently and sometimes repetitively conveying what you want to do, what

you will do, and how it will advance the science.

>> KATE BENT: I would encourage any applicant to

seek outside review before submitting the application. There are things you

miss all the time. And you should take their advice seriously. Take their

critiques as important, and work on revisions before you actually make

your grant application and submit it.

>> DANIEL WRIGHT: Well, the role of program directors such

as myself is to advise applicants and to be advocates for them. An important

part of the responsibility of the program director is to keep abreast

of the particular field and research area that they're overseeing.

And this can be an advantage to the applicants because they

see it from a broader perspective.

>> KATE BENT: I don't know anyone who gets positive

results on every single grant application they submit. And the first

one that gets rejected is the hardest, but they're never fun, and after that

you regroup and you just move on.

>> SEYMOUR GARTE: In fact, you'll always receive a

summary statement which contains the criticisms that were leveled at the

grant by the study section members. It's very important to read these

criticisms carefully and to take them into account and correct the

application you resubmit the grant.

>> DAVID GRAINGER: You can read so many proposals, and

yet one will stick out and hit you in the face as being an absolutely wonderful

piece of literature. And for me these contain again, that lucid style, a very

compelling creative scientific idea, and this idea of impact of moving

science in a mode towards a clinical end that is not only credible, but you

think will make an enormous boost of capability or boost of therapeutic

value to a patient population that currently is in some type of need.

>> BRIAN HOFFMAN: You have a bunch of people looking at

your proposal who are disposed to do well by you. Who want to find an

exciting idea and good science and support it, and tell them a good story.

Tell them a story about what you want to do, why you want to do it,

and how you're going to do it.

>> MARTIN PHILBERT: There are essentially three elements

of a proposal that get me really excited. The major hook, frankly, is

the way it's presented. How clear is the language? How well do the ideas

follow one from another? The second, and perhaps more important, is what is

the quality of the idea. The third is the innovation. How much will this one

study advance our knowledge of something that has eluded our

consciousness for some time?

>> KATE BENT: I would encourage any applicant to

take part in reviewing activities such as they exist. Perhaps reviewing

manuscripts for a journal. Review an abstract for your professional meeting.

And when invited to review for NIH, participate. You'll find that your

applications get stronger and you learn a lot by reviewing and participating.

>> SEYMOUR GARTE: The best advice I could give to an

applicant who's starting to write a proposal for the first time is to do

your homework with respect to what NIH is looking for in a grant proposal,

get advice from your peers and mentors on what sort of proposal

you should write and how you should write it. There's lots of information on

the NIH web site that will help you.

There are many opportunities for funding.

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