7 Steps

  • Do I include lots of citations, and cited study section members as appropriate?
  • Have I studied the roster for the study section and assumed an appropriate level of prior knowledge among my reviewers?
  • Have I formatted to facilitate skimming by reviewers, with an eye toward the review criteria?
  • Have I apportioned space intentionally?
  • If applying for a non-investigator-initiated FOA, have I written these sections specifically toward the instructions and goals of the FOA?
  • Have I looked at samples from recently funded grant applications?
  • Have I had an outside reader(s) assess these sections, either individually or as part of a mock study section?
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