Application Review Strategies: What to Look for Before You Hit the Submit Button

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Event Date/Time: Aug 16, 2011 End Date/Time: Aug 16, 2011
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You’ve spent weeks, perhaps months, completing your grant application, and you think it’s perfect. No misspellings or bad grammar. No math errors in the budget. But before you submit it, you need to give it a final look—like an airline pilot doing a flight check before takeoff. Why? You may have made a mistake you’re not even aware of. A 2010 NIH review of 45,000 applications identified the most common blunders and troublesome areas in its applications.

This pragmatic Webinar will present strategies for breaking your final grant application review into four specific areas. These tactics will improve your chances of funding by submitting the best possible application, especially if you presented it a few days before the deadline. And although the focus will be on NIH, these approaches apply to other agencies’ applications as well.

5 Key Take-Aways:

Top 10 most common errors on NIH applications
Awareness of your application’s most error-prone sections

Four-part strategy for reviewing your proposal before final submission

Prioritized checklist of what is most important/necessary to review

Window for corrections on applications submitted days before the deadline

This Webinar is Perfect for Scientists Who Want To:

Correct errors on submitted proposals

Ensure their proposals aren’t rejected or not
reviewed due to evident errors

Know how new section formats (Abstract and Summary) can increase the likelihood of errors
Avoid cut-and-paste writing problems due to NIH’s reduced page limits

Understand why modular and traditional budgets as well as budget narratives may increase errors—and how to avoid them

Your Presenter:

Dr. Marjorie Piechowski, currently Director of Research Support in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has more than 25 years of experience in faculty grant development, research administration and technical writing at three Midwestern universities. Widely recognized for her expertise in these areas, she has made over 80 presentations at regional, national and international meetings. Dr. Piechowski is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and a past president of the International Society of Research Administrators, which also honored her with its Excellence Award. She has written more than $13 million in successful grants for these organizations and reviewed grants for both the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute on Aging.


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