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February 21, 1996

Research Proposals: A Guide to Success

Author Affiliations

Edward Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital Hines, Ill

JAMA. 1996;275(7):567-568. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530310073041

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Dr Ogden in this second edition has added the experiences of Dr Goldberg, a longtime senior National Institutes of Health (NIH) administrator, to his own. The book emphasizes applications to the NIH, with a detailed presentation of the RO1 application (the traditional research grant application), its methods of review, and many of the avoidable reasons for rejection. It also contains much practical advice on how to proceed with the preparation of each section of the submission, which will save much time.

Specific suggestions of essential inclusions and strong recommendations of things to avoid are presented for each section. Examples of pink sheets describing reasons for rejection and methods of resubmission to strengthen the application are well covered. Another section covers special types of NIH grants and site visits. Appendixes comprise almost one third of the volume.

This book is a helpful guide to gransts-manship, rather than writing or conducting research,