How to Be Heard by Legislators

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

The NIH budget is not final. Contact your representatives about programs you value & the need for increased investigator-initiated funding.

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Diversify Your Funding Portfolio

Ray Blind, PhD

Getting funded requires just as much thought, work and innovation as your science.

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It's All About Teamwork: William Wester

Rebecca Helton, MA

If you talk to Bill Wester about his work, the first thing you hear will be how much he values the teams on his two major grants.  Due to the …

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Buckle Your Seatbelts, Motherf*$%ers...This is How You Start a Grant

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Fighty Squirrel’s ninja-in-training Amy Palubinsky sent me this fabulous bit of prose she found on the interwebs. I absolutely believe all specific aims pages should be at least this …

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Lupus Research on World Lupus Day: April Barnado

Rebecca Helton, MA

In honor of World Lupus Day, we talked to April Barnado, a K12 scholar who is developing methods to use the electronic health record to study outcomes in systemic lupus …

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Three Tips for Writing to Non-Specialists

Eric Sentell, PhD

We often have broader audiences than our fellow specialists. Here are three tips for writing to non-specialists, from a writing specialist.

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Know Thy Study Section Members

Niccolo Machiavelli

Look at the roster for the study section(s) your grants will go to. Find these people.

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Rock Talk: Comparing Success Rates, Award Rates, and Funding Rates

The Edge for Scholars

Let’s delve a bit deeper into one of your and my favorite topics: success rates. Most of you monitor success rates as an indicator of NIH funding trends but …

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How to Keep Your Trainee Tables So Your Grants Manager Will Love You

Rebecca Helton, MA

The minute you have a trainee, even an undergrad, start tracking these things. Training grant directors and staff will love it if you do it this way.

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If They Can't Trust You with Stats, They Won't Trust You with Money

James West, PhD

You've convinced reviewers they'll be brought up for war crimes if they don't fund your grant, but your statistics make you look amateurish.

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