A Manual for Applying to the NIH Collaborative UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Announcement: Par-18-407
Academicians dedicate a significant part of their career to conducting research and publishing their findings. A major milestone in an academician’s career involves being successfully funded to conduct research work. One measure of success in conducting medical research is the ability to obtain federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its related Institutes, by submitting an extensive and competitive application for the agency’s scientific review. The application process is arduous and requires the development of scientific and administrative components for submission within tight timelines, and it can take more than one attempt to submit a successful proposal resulting in funding. The submission process for each application can take up to eight months of preparation as its development requires dedication, patience, and passion. Researchers, who attempt the federal funding application process, speak to the need for their predecessors to provide support and directions systematically, to help them understand the funding opportunity announcement, application requirements, and plan for success. This project involves the construction of a manual to assist researchers with submitting an NHLBI grant application using the funding opportunity announcement PAR-18-407 for multi-site clinical trials. The manual provides a step by step approach to completing the application sections using this FOA, the SF424 form and the author’s own experience in submitting a grant to this announcement over three years. Instructions for each section of the application including sample templates are included in the manual to guide the PI with the successful planning and development of a robust application, effective use of time and establishing collaborations. The manual will help complete an entire PAR-18-407 application successfully to obtain a favorable review outcome which translates into a funded research project.