8 Elements of a Successful Preliminary Application

Successful preliminary applications all share the same eight elements. In this guide from Advance-CTR, we'll go through each of these and share strategies for how to include each one in your one-page Advance-CTR Pilot Project preliminary application. 

Tips for Preparing Your Preliminary Application

Read these helpful tips to get a better understanding of the Advance-CTR preliminary application process, and what you can do before you begin your application to be successful. 

Using Timelines to Diagnose Problems in Career Planning

  • If you're an early-career faculty member working on a career development award, your first R01 or large grant, or other milestones, learn how a timeline can help you examine the feasibility of your plans and help you manage the timing of built in delays in this article by Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD on EdgeForScholars.org.  The article also includes a downloadable template to help you and your mentor set up your timeline today. 

Sample Grant Applications, Summary Statements, and More

  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has made several examples available of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more. 

Contacting Staff at the NIH Institutes and Centers

  • The best people to talk with you about the scientific or administrative information in your particular application or award are in the NIH institute or center that may fund the grant. NIH strongly encourages you to communicate with NIH staff throughout the grant life cycle. The information on this page can help you understand the roles of NIH staff and help you contact the right person at each phase of the application and award process. 

Help with Your Biosketch

How to Create a Better Research Poster (with Templates)