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NOTE: The latest revised NIH Version of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook is now available.  Click on the Add to Cart button to order.  Thank you.   

In our opinion, more good ideas submitted to NIH are lost due to poor packaging and presentation – poor grantsmanship – than for any other reason. The NIH version of our Workbook is designed to avoid that trap.

The Workbook is interactive. We explain how to write each component of the proposal, after which we offer an example. We then invite you to write something comparable for the subject that you are presenting. As you make those responses, one after the other, the first draft of your application gradually falls into place.

This edition further clarifies the National Institutes of Health’s paradigm-shifting, 2016 changes in how NIH grant applications must be written. In particular, additional recommendations on how to improve the rigor of experimental design are provided, along with how the transparency of your proposal can be enhanced. This edition further demystifies how you should present the scientific premise for your application, to include how you should discuss strengths and weaknesses of preliminary results and cited studies. Different uses of conceptual and technical preliminary results are described. The chapter on the Approach subsection of the Research Strategy has been expanded to help you better address potential sources of biological variation, especially those related to sex. New restrictions on the use of appendix material are explained and all URLs and screenshots have been updated.

You can sample content of this Workbook by clicking on the open-book icons to the right. Give yourself a competitive advantage when you write your next proposal to the National Institutes of Health: Invest in this new edition of the NIH version of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook.