MWEG Active at NIH Paylines & Resources (& update to How the NIH Can Help You Get Funded)

While I have not added new full-length posts to the main blog in years, I continue to actively answer questions and encourage discussion at NIH Paylines & Resources (where I also update NIH paylines as they are posted) and Discussion: All Things NSF. I encourage everyone to monitor posts here and chime in with intel, tips, and personal experience as you are able. Everyone’s participation is what makes the site valuable (even those who ask questions – probably lots of lurkers eagerly waiting for an answer to the same query), which I greatly appreciate!

You can search archives of past questions and answers, including those for Discussion: NIH Scores-Paylines-Policy-Peer Review,  where I have stopped allowing questions so as to consolidate them all in NIH Paylines & Resources, and I am pulling out timelines that folks post listing dates from submission through Notice of Award to help others anticipate the time frame of NIH grant processing.

Please check NIH Grant Application-Award Timelines. You cannot post your timeline there – just search the existing messages – I will update the page with timelines posted in NIH Paylines & Resources comments.

Also … I am (still) supposed to be updating How the NIH Can Help You Get Funded, so please post as comments here what you found most helpful and/or what you would like to see in a book that serves as a reference guide to the NIH funding process. Thanks!

7 Comments »

  1. newinvestigator said

    Hi Writedit, Thank you so much for this blog! Gives me a lot of information. I have a question on buying equipment with NIH R01 grant. NIH guidelines say that permission is required by NIH only if you purchase equipment over $25K. I need a piece of equipment in around $20K. Can I go ahead and buy it or inform NIH and get permission? My budget is modular. Thank you!

    • writedit said

      You should be okay – you institution grant administrators can comment better on your specific situation (& you can confirm with your GMS). The cap is a recognition of the cost of routine lab purchases.

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  2. Karl said

    Hi Writedit, Great blog! I imagine that there is no great answer and that I have to simply wait; however, any thoughts on a impact score of 28 for a NIH brain initiative R01?

    • writedit said

      Please note that the discussion of individual queries takes place on the NIH Paylines & Resources or Discussion: NIH Scores … page. Brain Initiative awards are based on both score and programmatic interests, but your score should get their attention for consideration. Funding will depend on whether they already have similar projects in their portfolio and if you are filling a gap needed to tackle one of their priority areas. When you have your summary statement, you can check in with your PO for next steps (rebuttal, resubmission, sit tight).

  3. lbellumkonda said

    Hello Writedit, I have been focusing on clinical care for the past 10 years and have recently found my interest in research. I was wondering if you could comment my eligibility to get a K award if I collaborated with some of the senior scientist at my institute. I am an Associate professor and wonder if that would be an impediment to apply for K awards. Thank you in advance for your time.

    • writedit said

      The usual K mechanism for mid-career faculty is the K24, but this is for established scientists, to give them time and project support for mentoring others. I would suggest you contact your CTSA-funded center or institute. While their slots are reserved for internal candidates, if your department chair is supportive, they should be happy to enroll you in their clinical scientist training program (coursework) and link you with a great mentoring team. If you don’t have prior research experience, you are probably best starting as a co-investigator on a colleague’s project, but if your chair is supportive, a K award would protect time for you to do concentrated training and start your own independent project. I assume you would be interested in patient-focused clinical research (K23) versus a mix of bench and clinical research (K08), though neither have a restriction on how far out you are from your terminal training. After talking with your CTSA and mentors, then you would want to work with the appropriate K23 PO at your institute of choice for help developing the application (and to ensure your target IC will support your application – though I think they would be excited to help launch a new clinician scientist). I am very excited to hear of your decision to get more involved in research – we need more physician investigators!

      • lbellumkonda said

        Thank you so much. This is very helpful.

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