Although the NIH is completely transparent about its peer review process, its funding priorities, and its recommendations for preparing fundable applications, Universities and for-profit companies repackage this material in grantsmanship presentations all the time. I am not sure what value is added beyond the NIH offerings but am happy to make available the powerpoint presentation I created over the years in my last position. This NIH Grant Proposal Preparation Guidance file provides a shotgun approach to covering all the major factors to consider in seeking funding from the NIH. Some time has passed since I left the grantwriting workshop lecture circuit, so the screen shots have become dated, and little specific guidance is included for the SF424. However, the underlying principles apply, the URLs are current, and my talking points are included with each slide (you may need to right click & ask to edit the slides and/or save the PPT file on your computer to read the slide notes), so please have at it if you think this might be useful. Remember, though, going to workshops, clicking through online tutorials, and following tip sheets is absolutely no substitute for seeking advice from colleagues and program officers and having your peers read and critique your narrative – at the very least the specific aims page.
Competitive Edge to NIH Proposals