Recently, I was chatting with a friend who was reviewing a colleague’s research plan. The writing was so complicated that he couldn’t understand the point of the proposal. For fun, he ran it through a language analysis program and found that some of the writing was at a 28.6 grade level. One sentence had 51 words (this entire paragraph is 62 words).
The success of your research depends on your ability to fund your projects. For now, scientists must submit proposals to granting organizations that decide which research is worthy of their money. You might have a brilliant idea, but if a reviewer gets lost in your grant application, you won’t receive funding. Learning how to use concise language in a well-organized proposal is a critical skillset for your scientific career.
We’ve got you covered. NICHD fellow Dr. Pushpanathan Muthuirulan recaps the annual grant-writing seminar for our feature article this month. He outlines the critical components of an NIH grant proposal and highlights important points to keep in mind. It’s a great article for your grantsmanship toolbox.
As you enjoy the final weeks of summer, don’t forget to check out the August announcements and events. Plus, we give a warm hello to our incoming group of NICHD clinical fellows. They represent an amazing team of talent joining our institute. Welcome!
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Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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