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Understand NIH’s Review Process and Your Role in it

When you submit your R01 application to NIH, the Center for Scientific Review assesses it and assigns it to a review group. The study section then rates your application using five criteria — Significance, Innovation, Approach, Investigators and Environment.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a Summary Statement. Then, you must interpret:

  • The Overall Impact score
  • What the percentiles mean
  • Reviewer critiques

When considering this process, you should understand:

  • Step-by-step what happens to your proposal once you hit the “submit” key and who’s involved
  • How to make the best use of your cover letter
  • When and how much additional information you can send to NIH after the deadline
  • What peer review really entails and how to make the most it
  • How to read between the lines of your reviewers’ critiques
  • Whether to resubmit your unfunded application or start over from scratch

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This Special Report is a part of the "NIH R01 Grant Application" Mentor: An Instructional Manual. See below for more information.

"NIH R01 Grant Application" Mentor: An Instructional Manual

This unique manual coaches you on how to optimally prepare the vital components of your R01 grant application in full compliance with the new rules and formats.

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The Manual includes the below sections:

  • Section 1: Preparation: What Every PI Should Know Before You Start Applying
  • Section 2: Successfully Use Your Biosketch and Abstract to Define Your Project and Your Qualifications
  • Section 3: Prove Your Environment Supports Your Research
  • Section 4: Research Plan: Make the Most of Your Significance, Innovation, Approach and Overall Impact
  • Section 5: Modular and Detailed Budget Strategies That Support Your Proposal
  • Section 6: Tactics for Submitting a Winning Proposal
  • Section 7: Understand NIH's Review Process and Your Role in It

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