I've had two people now put the preliminary data after the research plan. It doesn't make sense to prove feasibility afterward, IMO/E.
— M. S. AtKisson (@iGrrrl) November 6, 2015
In the golden days of yore, when the research plan stretched to 25 pages, the Preliminary Data had a specific place. You created a header and put it inbetween the Background and the Research Plan.
In the latest version of the NIH application there is no explicit place and the headers more or less match the review criteria- Significance, Innovation and Research Strategy (which maps to Approach).
I had heard of people who sprinkled their Preliminary Data figures all across the app even in the old days but I can't remember ever trying it. With the new application, however, it just made sense to me.
Some figures are Background/Significance and some figures are really just showing technical ability for that tricky assay used in Aim 3. Some speak directly to the Innovation.
So I spread the figures around when I think they do the most good.
Isn't this what everyone is doing now? Have you seen other approaches?