Once upon a time, the NIH had you lead the body of your grant proposal with a section titled “Background and Significance.” Then they messed everything up by taking out the “Background” part, quite confusing many a grant writer as to the meaning of a “significance” without a “background.”
Let’s get that sorted out here.
One perspective on this comes from my book Four Steps to Funding. The four steps are The Why, The Who, The What, and The ...(read more)
Recently the NIH completely redefined the format requirements for research grants. There were many changes, but one that seems to create a big mess of confusion is the redefinition of the sections of the proposal.
The old NIH proposal format had these sections:
Background & Significance
Preliminary Studies & Progress Report
Research Design and Methodology
The new NIH format has these sections:
In this blog series, I’m going to take you on a tour of the sections of the new NIH format, to explain ...(read more)