Funding News Edition: February 19, 2020 See more articles in this edition
The primary resource for technical directions when completing an application is NIH’s How To Apply – Application Guide. You may further benefit from seeing well-written examples from top-scoring applications, particularly as a complement to instructions for sections such as Specific Aims and Research Strategy.
In that case, turn to NIAID’s Sample Applications & More. As the name indicates, the webpage provides sample applications and summary statements for a variety of awards, grouped by activity code.
We recently added three new Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) fellowship applications and summary statements. Since these sample applications were submitted using FORMS-D, they fulfill the rigor and reproducibility requirements NIH introduced in 2016:
- “The Immunological Consequences of Mouse Cytomegalovirus on Adipose Tissue”—Nico Contreras, University of Arizona
- “The Impact of Innate Immune Recognition of Staphylococcus Aureus on Bone Homeostasis and Skeletal Immunity”—Nicole Putnam, Vanderbilt University
- “Regulation of 2'-5'-Oligoadenylate Synthetase 1 (OAS1) by dsRNA”—Samantha Lynne Schwartz, Emory University
These applications do not reflect new requirements that accompanied FORMS-E in 2018, specifically changes to: streamline application and oversight for clinical trial research; implement the single Institutional Review Board policy; and add age as an inclusion factor.
Keep in mind, you must also follow the instructions in a given funding opportunity announcement (FOA) in conjunction with the application guide to prepare your application. If instructions conflict, defer to the FOA. (Remember, NIH will transition to FORMS-F later this year.)
We thank Drs. Contreras, Putnam, and Schwartz for permitting us to use their applications.
If NIAID contacts you in the future about providing a sample application, know that we will take the utmost care to protect confidential and proprietary information.
Beyond instructions and examples, you might also want our advice, such as how to Prepare Your Application. Follow that link to find tips on writing successful Specific Aims and Research Strategy sections.