Inside NIA Archives: Applications
The Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging is holding one of its thrice yearly meetings today. Did you know you can watch online? The next meeting is on May 21, 2014, from about 8am to... Read More
You’ve now figured out which NIA program officer handles your kind of science. But how to get in touch? I hope you’re not agonizing over whether now is the right moment or whether your... Read More
With paylines being what they are at NIA and NIH, we tend to hear that discriminating among applications in the narrow range of scores represented by the top 20 percent of applications reviewed by... Read More
NIH program officers—what do they really do? How can you get the best from your program officer?
Our main job is to make sure the NIA is funding the best research projects, career development,... Read More
We have been here before. The continuing resolution provides some research funds—not a lot though. Like a ticking clock it winds down on January 15. And our backdrop is a familiar debate on... Read More
Optimism and pessimism compete with each other as we contemplate the future for research and research funding. The prospects for important breakthroughs in NIA’s primary areas of medical... Read More
We just wrapped up the fiscal year.
The quick summary? We scraped through.
For research project grants like R01s, we held our payline (or funding line) to the same level as the prior two years. This... Read More
The NIA, like the rest of the NIH, is working to get back to normal after the 16-day government shutdown.
This has been an extremely difficult time, for you and also for us. The grant application and... Read More
Work jargon is not riveting conversation. Government acronyms? Even worse.
But knowing the language does come in handy when you are trying to navigate an organization and its culture. Familiarity... Read More
For the past few years, the NIA has been trying to increase the number of R21 grant applications and awards. The R21, of course, is an NIH-wide grant program “intended to encourage exploratory... Read More
While preparing for a recent talk, I took a close look at our data on the scoring of grant applications. Every applicant wants great scores, and we want to help you understand how you’ll be... Read More
Scientific Review Officers like me often hear from reviewers about things that applicants have or haven’t done in their grant applications, and how those applications fare in peer review. Many... Read More
The NIA views support for research career development and pre and postdoctoral fellowship training as a priority. The availability of funds to support career development (K) and fellowship training (... Read More
Buried within our NIA 2013 funding policy is the apparently shocking statement that our payline for NIA-reviewed research grant applications is 13. When the top score is 10 and the lowest possible... Read More