Inside NIA Archives: Applications
For scientists writing NIH grant applications, the aims are THE THING.
The applicant calls the program officer: “What do you think of these aims?”
The program officer listens and senses... Read More
So I volunteered for an NIH “pop-up” committee on reducing the average age of investigators being funded by R01s, NIH’s most common and most well-known research grant. I reckoned... Read More
How do I write a grant application that will get funded? It’s a question I get asked all the time. Of course there is no magic formula. And, you may have heard much of the most important advice... Read More
There are a handful of run-of-the-mill ‘R’ grants offered by the NIH that are familiar to most investigators: everyone knows the R01. Ever heard of the R34? Not one of those that most... Read More
As an NIA program officer for 11 years and counting I have the rare privilege of monitoring many study section meetings devoted almost exclusively to R03, R21, and R01 applications. (Don’t know... Read More
NIA funding announcements come with an expiration date. Program Announcements, for example, usually expire after three years. Lately, I’ve gotten some questions about what it means when a... Read More
It’s that time of year again!
The application period for the NIH Loan Repayment Program is open, as it is every fall, and NIA is one of a number of institutes joining with NIH to increase... Read More
Have you ever seen that old-time vaudeville act where the guy spins plates on tall poles? Well, that’s a little of the way it feels to be a new Scientific Review Officer, or SRO, at the NIH.... Read More
Fiscal year 2014 began with NIA staff—like many federal government workers—banned from our offices because the government was shut down. During the seemingly endless continuing funding... Read More
NIH announced a change in resubmission policy in April. Following the policy change, lots of attention focused on the application count. The research community worried that NIH would see a giant... Read More
So, you just received an automated email that asks you to submit “just-in-time” information for your application. Does that mean NIA is going to pay it? I wish! Unfortunately, that just-... Read More
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Over the years I have spoken to hundreds of people about career development (K) awards. One of the best days of my week is Tuesday, when I reserve the full day for phone calls with investigators,... Read More
An R01 research project grant is the dollar bill of NIH. It is our most recognized award, our most common award, our most flexible award, and our most understood award. So why is it not our only... Read More
Half the reason for writing this time is to allow you a forum on our site to comment on what the new NIH resubmission policy means for the NIA community. But the other half of the reason is to... Read More
Why do some grant applications receive a percentile rank and others not?
Which NIA applications get a percentile rank?
Applications for an NIA grant that are reviewed at the NIH Center for... Read More
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