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Karen Briski Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroanatomy
Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
The University of Louisiana at Monroe
 “I use the information contained within the Principal Investigator Advisor to further educate our staff involved with research administration. I also pass along to my faculty aspects from the various articles as “lessons to note” and/or “best practices”.”
John Michnowicz, Director
Office Of Sponsored Research Services
Washington University in St. Louis
“I found this product to be extremely helpful in grant writing. I am an experienced investigator with a long term NIH award, but at each competitive renewal, I have to learn a new system and present my ideas in a format acceptable to current reviewers. I recently submitted a competitive renewal application, and the “50 Pearls of Wisdom…” product helped to familiarize me with the new 12 page format, and how to use it to my advantage. The bottom line is this product allowed me to stay current, which is critical to grant success.”
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Professor of Surgery
Ohio State University Medical Center

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Native American Cancer Initiatives, Inc.
Pine, CO

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing
University of Calgary

"I learned a lot of potentially useful information from my issues. For instance, I'm using the suggestions in the "How to craft a winning title for your research proposal" to entitle the proposal application I'm working on right now. The article on "Obtaining strong support letters from Collaborators, Contractors" is also immediately useful for my current application efforts. I also really learned a lot about program officers that I did not previously know in "Knowing your program officer contributes to funding success". I'm really looking forward to the next issue. I'm hoping that one of the next couple of issues will contain some helpful hints for writing the "Innovation" section of the proposals.. hint, hint!!"
Karen Duus Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease
Albany Medical College
Albany, NY
"I was particularly interested in advice on the new NIH format for grant proposals and found your report useful in terms of the emphasis on the importance of impact and clearly written summary for the proposal."
Esther Hill Ph.D.
Director of Grants
Healthy Dining
San Diego, CA

"The articles are informative and helpful. I include them often in our campus quarterly research reports. Excellent source of information on “how to."
Gloria Greene MA, CRA
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
University of Alabama - Huntsville
"The tool is definitely helpful. There are many pieces of advice that are distributed in the document. Personally, I think it is more useful to seasoned proposal writers, as they can pick and choose those relevant points. For a beginner, it is quite difficult to grasp all the points because proposal writing is not a simple process; there are many subtle things to keep in mind in order to generate a good "
Chiman Kwan Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Signal Processing, Inc.
Rockville, MD

"The "NIH Executive Report" was a great summary of hot tips for grant applications. I used it for a Hong Kong Government grant round, and it was very useful. I particularly like the sections on being succinct in getting the story across, and the checklist."
Ali McManus Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Institute of Human Performance
University of Hong Kong

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Vice Chancellor, Duke University Medical Center

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Andrea Kaus Ph.D.
Director of Research Programs
University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS)

"I think your "NIH Executive Report" provides a nice summary of the important aspects to consider when writing grant applications with an emphasis on the recent changes. Though most of the information was not new to me (but I have been writing grants for 10 years and I participated to many study sections) it was useful to have them collected in a single document and I would have loved to have something like this when I wrote my first application. I also liked the clarity in the description of goals, objectives, and specific aims, and on impact/significance--which many people do not appreciate. The emphasis to be placed on the narrative (i.e. tell a story) is also something I totally agree on. Thank you."
Olimpia Meucci M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology and Physiology & Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
"The PI’s who read this tool (NIH Executive Report) enjoyed and gained some insight into the new submission."
Donna Espenberg
Associate Administrator
Department of Therapeutic Radiology
Yale University

"Fifty Pearls" may be used as a handy checklist to aid in grant preparation."
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Assistant Director, Research Scientist / Training Faculty
Pacific Institute for R & E / CAAS, Brown University
Pawtucket, RI
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Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Head, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

"I have been reading every issue of Principal Investigator Advisor eNewsletter. They are wonderfully rich in resources that I need as a PI in managing my lab and my research projects. I learned so many useful tips in developing my career that is hard to list all of them. One of the articles I liked the most is “4 Steps to Build Both Tenure and Research Career”. Keep up your good work!"
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Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA

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Dante Picchioni, PhD
Research Psychologist
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
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Seth J. Schwartz Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Miami School of Medicine

"As a new grants administrator, I have found the NIH & NSF Funding Advisor eNewsletter to be a valuable resource of useful information. The articles are concise and focused, addressing timely topics relevant to any grant submission."
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Program Director
Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research
Division of Medical Oncology
Duke University School of Medicine
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Elliot Moskowitz D.D.S., M.Sd
Clinical Professor
Former Editor, The New York State Dental Journal
Department of Orthodontics
New York University College of Dentistry

"I am using the “Report” as well as information from several of your webinars. All have been helpful in preparing my proposal for a January, 2011, submission. I guess my main concern is the new format is not a real “hit” with NIH reviewers and sometimes old habits die hard. Hopefully with the information gained from your publication, I can bridge the old with the new."
Gale Newman Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
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VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Clinic
North Hills, CA

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Associate Professor
University of New Mexico
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Office of Sponsored Research
West Penn Alleghaney Health System
Pittsburgh, PA

"This produce was packed with informative insights. Particularly valuable were the suggested approaches for handling the new sections of the reformatted R01 grants and how to respond to the significance and innovation questions. There was much practical advice on how to repeat and stress these facets which now account for a large component of the new scoring system. These hints are particularly useful as one moves to the shorten 12-page formats"
Alexander Lazar, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Sarcoma Research Center
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Kelly Stout, PhD
Associate Director, Strategic Research Initiatives
Georgia State University

"I really liked the information from this seminar and I think it was useful in my last grant application. Actually, I’m sure it was. I have yet to hear if the grant was funded but I know from the IMPACT score that it was competitive. It’s been some years since I wrote a grant and this seminar helped me feel more prepared and confident"
Cheryl Talley, PhD
Associate Professor Neuroscience
Department of Pathology
Virginia State University

"I recently purchased the Principal Investigator Advisor e-newsletter. It is a wonderful tool for the PI’s from early investigators to established ones. It gives lots of information regarding improving and managing the grant applications, time, staff, budget, etc. I am an early investigator and by reading few issues I am gaining a lot of information. The tips provided regarding funding agencies are really helpful, as I was not aware of some of them before.”
Rajani Srinivasan, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Blackland Research & Extension Center, Texas AgriLife Research
Texas A&M; University System
Temple, TX

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Vincent Bond, MD, PhD
DAssociate Professor
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

"The recorded session was helping in reminding me of the basics of constructing an NIH proposal and focusing in on “selling” your idea in a short space. Also, I learned the speaker’s strategy of where to put preliminary studies information in the new proposal format"
Steven Moore, PhD
Science Approach
Tucson, AZ
"I just finished the Nov and Dec newsletters this morning. I really enjoyed the articles about faculty development. I found the article on mid-career faculty very interesting as well as the one comparing industry jobs to academia. I also enjoyed reading about percentiles and how grants are funded. All very helpful information about grants as well as personal development. Thank you."
Kimberly Anne Moore, PhD
Environmental Horticulture
University of Florida

"It was helpful, as we all have some concepts, ideas and basic knowledge, regarding “Significance, Innovation, Approach” but purchased conference and material helped us to tune it up nad build self confidence, thus equipping us better for our future grant applications. Thank you very much indeed."
Jezy Sarosiek, MD, PhD, AGAF, FACG
Associate Chairman for Research, Dept of Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine and Director
Molecular Medicine Research Laboratory
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
"I was surprised at how helpful several of these suggestions were in focusing certain aspects of my application. I have been a PI for 22 years at a Tier I research institution and I found new and better approaches for writing my grant applications.

Although I served for over 5 years on an active study section and have had an R01 grant for 18 years, I found the "NIH Executive Report" to be quite useful for how to write more effectively for all components of the NIH short form application. This report is essentially a significant expansion of your "50 Pearls of Wisdom" document. My grants are stronger for incorporating the concepts in the executive report. It was definitely worth the investment. ”

Susan Kandarian, MD, PhD
Boston University

”I normally delete most emails, but as a PI, I have actually started reading your weekly articles (while eating lunch at my computer- they are just the right length). I find it surprisingly helpful!"
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Associate Professor
University of Maryland- College Park

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Department Assistant
West Coast University

"I found the conference overall informative and the speaker knowledgeable and down to earth. Specifically, learning to address NSF review criteria in the project summary page was helpful and that the criteria need to be concisely identified in it. In addition, the highlighting of the importance of showing how your proposal could be globally innovative was excellent."
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East Coast Institute
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West Coast School of Public Health
"Information in the report has helped us guide and field faculty questions regarding the revised NIH application. The report was also very helpful to me personally in preparing a competitive renewal of an R01.”
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Southern College of Engineering
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Northeast Medial College

"I have found the NIH & NSF Funding Advisor eNewsletter to be of great use in preparing grant applications. Your Executive Report was extremely helpful in dealing with the new shorter forms required. Finally, your webinar was well-times, as we had a grant to submit"
Sr. Medical Editor
East Coast University
"I found the course clear and useful. The instructor seemed to have a very good understanding of how NSF functions. I rewrote the Project Summary page to a proposal I just submitted on the basis of the advice the course offered.”
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Midwest University

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Southern College of Medicine

"We purchased both the live conference “NIH Grant Proposal: Significance, Innovation, Approach,” and its transcript. I was particularly impressed with the concise way in which the main review criteria were discussed and approaches to address them emphasized. I had a number of early faculty sit in on the presentation, and we had a very productive discussion following the conference. It's a terrific mentoring tool -- for all of us! The transcript was also a “must have”, as it reiterates all the main point for review."
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West Coast Cancer Center
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Midwest University Medical Center

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East Coast Medical College

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