Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Obtaining National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding for meritorious investigations requires translation of ideas to paper. Grant writing may be divided into two different tasks that must be integrated. The first is the consolidation of ideas and goals, data, experimental design, and methods of analysis. The second is the physical entry of information on official forms and the printing of these forms without disrupting their appearance.
The first task is the heart of the application, thus, the completion of forms should not be an obstacle to writing the grant proposal—yet it is. Grant forms have undergone numerous changes at various times, even in the past year. Keeping up with these changes so that information is displayed in the correct format is difficult and a serious distraction for the individual investigator. GrantSlam grant-writing software was evaluated to see if it kept pace with fast changing regulations and form modifications and could still decrease the clerical workload, allowing more time for the creative aspects of the grant.
Grant WritingGrantSlam. JAMA. 2002;288(21):2751-2752. doi:10.1001/jama.288.21.2751-JBK1204-4-1