Many of my readers will have already faced the joys of the shorter NIH Grant application. Briefly, the meat of the R01 proposal has now been reduced from 25 to 12 pages and the meat of the R21 from 15 pages to 6. As I observed when the Notice appeared, this is a challenge.
Since I am finally getting serious about trying to write one of these new format grants, I am thinking about how to maximize the information content. One thought that immediately strikes me is....cheat!
By which I mean taking sections that normally I would have put in the page-limited part of the grant and sneaking them in elsewhere. I have come up with the following and am looking for more tips and ideas from you, Dear Reader.
1) Moving the animal methods to the Vertebrate Animals section. I'm usually doing quite a bit of duplication of the Vertebrate Animals stuff in my General Methods subheading at the very end of the old Research Design section. I can move much of that, including possibly some research stuff that fits under point 4 (ensuring discomfort and distress is managed), to the Vertebrate Animals section.
2) Moving physical methods and maybe some Preliminary Data to the Facilities & Other Resources statement. This is supposed to:
Describe how the scientific environment in which the research will be done contributes to the probability of success (e.g., institutional support, physical resources, and intellectual rapport). In describing the scientific environment in which the work will be done, discuss ways in which the proposed studies will benefit from unique features of the scientific environment or subject poopulations or will employ useful collaborative arrangements.
or perhaps the Equipment statement:
List major items of equipment already available for this project and, if appropriate identify location and pertinent capabilities.
Pertinent capabilities? Ways in which the studies will benefit from unique features? Seems to me that this a potential window to not only describe physical equipment but also to slip in some data showing that this equipment is "pertinent" and that the studies proposed will "benefit".
Give me some more hot tips in the comments...