Hematology Grants Workshop

L. C. Platanias
2004 Hematology ASH Education Program  
Obtaining research funding is of utmost importance for academic hematologists, especially those engaged in basic science research. Several funding mechanisms are available to researchers working in the fields of Hematology and/or Oncology. This chapter will discuss various issues relating to applications for National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grants, the classic funding mechanism for investigator-initiated research. It will also discuss other opportunities for funding from other government
more » ... agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. We will also provide a summary of the process by which NIH R01 applications are reviewed and some guidelines and tips for the successful writing of R01 grants or their equivalents from other agencies. Classic funding mechanisms for hematologists via the National Institutes of Health (NIH) include R01 and R21 grant applications. R01 applications can be submitted several times throughout the year, while R21 applications are only submitted in response to a specific initiative by NIH, followed by a solicitation of applications. R01 applications are for larger grants, up to 5 years, while R21 applications are usually for 2 years with a budget typically limited to $75,000-$150,000 per year. 1 Due to the limitations in the funds that are available, in combination with the continuous growth and expansion of many universities and medical centers, obtaining research funding is difficult and highly competitive. This fact is important for junior faculty applicants who need to obtain funding in order to develop their independent research careers. Being persistent and responsive to the suggestions of grant reviewers may be characteristics that can make the difference. Nevertheless, despite such difficulties and the decline in the number of funded applications in recent years, there is no doubt that good science and innova-tive research are fundable in the end. Below we discuss the review process at NIH for R01 grant applications and we provide some suggestions and tips on the writing of a grant application. Obviously, there is no standard method to ensure success; the most important factor remains the quality of the work and the proposed scientific plan of the investigator.
doi:10.1182/asheducation-2004.1.473 pmid:15561699 fatcat:ao4lps35jnd5xkurhyaiiadbpe