Of A Grant Application Date: March 4, 1996
(The Scientist, Vol:10, #5, pg.15-16, March 4, 1996)
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Getting financial support for research -- especially basic research -- has become very time-consuming and frustrating for scientists. At the National Institutes of Health, for example, the number of applications reviewed increased 14 percent, from 11,487 to 13,141, between October 1991 and October 1995, according to the October 1995 issue of Peer Review Notes, a newsletter published by NIH's Division of Research Grants (DRG). A consequence of this rise in the number of grant applicants vying for limited dollars is a decreased likelihood that one's proposal will be funded: The overall success rate for NIH research grant applications has hovered at only about 25 percent for the past several years.
In such competitive times, there are measures that principal investigators (PIs) can take to increase the chances that their...