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J Prof Nurs. 2005 Jan-Feb;21(1):23-31.

The National Research Service Award: strategies for developing a successful proposal.

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Doctoral Program, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.


An important experience for doctoral students is developing and submitting an application for a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This article provides an overview of the process of developing and submitting an NRSA proposal from the perspective of a sponsor of successful proposals as well as a member of the Scientific Review Section. Topics included are suggestions for writing and rewriting the proposal, developing a training plan specific to the proposal, selection of sponsors consultants and references, the review process, and revising and resubmitting a proposal. Tables give examples of (a) applicants identifying strengths and areas for growth, (b) activities to address areas for growth (c), and responses to a previous review. The intended audience is beginning doctoral students and novice sponsors.

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