These are topics that anyone, including your grandmother or someone sitting next to you on a plane, would say, “oh, yes, that’s an important topic.” Obvious Examples include: immigration, sustainable energy, changes in the family, curing cancer, new social technologies, environmental degradation, global warming, etc.
Until you can identify a really broadly interesting theme that your project relates to, you will never be successful in applying for grants.
If established, have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that have advanced their field(s)?
If the project is collaborative or multi-PD/PI, do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise; are their leadership approach, governance and organizational structure appropriate for the project? Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?
We provide information for new investigators and foreign applicants, as well.
Though the advice provided is relevant for all research grants, it is general in nature and geared toward the NIH Research Project (R01).
If you work on arcane topics or in a small field (ie, medieval French literature), don’t despair.
You don’t have to relate to current events or go all presentist.
Overall Impact Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved, in consideration of the following review criteria, and additional review criteria (as applicable for the project proposed).
Scored Review Criteria Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific and technical merit, and give a separate score for each.