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After you finish writing, give your application a critical review. Use the advice and helpful checklists below to perfect your application.
While this document is geared toward the basic research project grant, the R01, much of it is useful for other grants.
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Giving your application a final, thorough review is crucial. Don't skip this step since it is absolutely critical to submit the best application you can on the first try. Why, you ask? Two important reasons:
What's more, with competition being so stiff, you want to put your best foot forward with an application that looks good and reads well. For more on that, read Master the Application in Part 3.
You get only one resubmission. If that doesn't work, you'll have to start over with a new or greatly revised idea.
Start your inspection by checking that the main parts of your application are on target and in sync with one another.
Allow time because revisions in one section may trigger other changes. For example, if your budget is out of scope, you may need to adjust your Specific Aims, which will change other parts of your application.
Also give yourself some breathing room to make changes from the people you asked to review your application (as we discuss below under Checkpoint 5). For details on timing, see the Strategy timing pages in each part and Strategy Timelines for an overview.
To help ensure you don't overlook anything critical, go over the following checkpoints.
Checkpoint 1. Keeping in mind peer reviewers' perspectives, make sure that:
Checkpoint 2. To ensure that all key parts are on point, check that:
Checkpoint 3. When checking for consistency, organization, and other items:
Checkpoint 4. Once the initial draft is finished, check for readability:
Checkpoint 5. A second look from other "inspectors" will likely reveal cracks. Ensure that:
Checkpoint 6. After finding the content satisfactory:
Note: If you're running out of time to do all this and cannot meet the application deadline comfortably, consider delaying to the next receipt date, unless it is the last receipt date for the fiscal year.
For more information on this topic, read Timing Factors That Affect Your Application and Award.
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