Sometimes Even Big Shots Don’t Get Grant Funding

We all imagine that famous scientists have nary a problem winning NIH R01 grants, SBIR grants, or any other NIH grant they care to apply for. Their contributions to science are so tremendous you wonder they could ever be turned down. But in fact NIH does say no to big shots from time to time, […]

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Need to Write a NIH SBIR Phase I Grant Abstract? Use this Great Model

I’ve run across a SBIR Phase I grant abstract so superbly organized and cleverly persuasive I’d like to show it to you. Below is the abstract of Jim Stice of Twin Star Medical in St. Paul, Minnesota. I found it in the NIH RePORTER, NIH’s public database of information about funded grants. Stice’s grant, “Hollow […]

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9 Tips for Making Your NIH Contract Proposal Scannable for Easy Review

Making life easy for selection committee reviewers who want to skim rather than read is part of writing a winning proposal. With all the blood and sweat your team pours into creating and honing and polishing your proposal, wouldn’t you like the reviewers on the contract selection committee to read the whole thing and then, […]

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Ghosting in NIH RFP Proposal Writing

What is ghosting? Ghosting is proposal writing jargon for showing the deficiencies in your competitors’ solutions without calling your competitors by name. Suppose, for example, that you’re competing for a NIH contract where solutions X, Y and Z are likely to be proposed as ways to fulfill the service needs described in NIH’s RFP. Your […]

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NIH Grant Instructions about Money are Never Unimportant

Even minor instructions about money can be a big deal When NIH grant application instructions concern matters that are not strictly related to research, you may be tempted to give them short shrift. Watch out, because doing this can mean the difference between winning and losing your grant. This applies especially to grant application instructions […]

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The Danger of Not Following RFP Instructions

The story goes that some years back one of the federal agencies — I think it might have been NIH — was surprised by the overwhelming number of companies that responded to the RFP for a particular contract. There were way more competitors than they wanted to handle. So, they thinned the herd. They eliminated […]

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Winning 2, 3, or 4 NIH SBIR Grants at a Time

Want to win more NIH SBIR grant money faster? Submit more than one grant application at a time and — if you do it right — it’s possible to double your grant awards in half the time. This is what I call the Double Up strategy, where instead of submitting one SBIR grant application per […]

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NIH R01 Grant Writing: An Easy Way to Lessen the Pressure

I have been told some scientists find the pressure of writing R01 grants so intense they literally throw up. While I’m sure that’s rare, I have no trouble believing it’s happened. Just as it’s happened to people in business faced with losing their jobs if they don’t sell. Here’s a suggestion that certainly won’t make […]

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NIH SBIR Grants: How to Disclose and Protect IP and Proprietary Information

Newcomers to NIH SBIR grants often wonder, “Do I have to disclose my company’s intellectual property in the research plan — and if I do, how can I do it safely?” NIH defines proprietary information as “patentable ideas, trade secrets, privileged or confidential commercial or financial information, disclosure of which may harm the applicant.” NIH […]

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How to Distinguish NIH SBIR Phase I, Phase II and Fast-Tracks Grants by Grant Codes: the Basics

You can certainly apply for a SBIR Phase I grant without ever needing to know they are also called R43 grants. Nor do you need to know SBIR Phase IIs are also called R44s. But if you ever research SBIR grants in in NIH’s public database, the NIH RePORTER, for clues about what kind of […]

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