Outreach & Engagement
- Observe application guidelines strictly.
- Use basic English and avoid jargon.
- Make sure all acronyms are spelled out when used initially.
- Type single-spaced and stay within the margins.
- Observe the type size and page limitations strictly; do not use a small font.
- Do not use photo reductions on a copy machine, particularly gels, etc. because they may become unreadable.
- Draw or print all graphs, diagrams, charts, and tables in black ink (be consistent with formats). Label these items carefully.
- Include only those graphs, tables, etc., that are essential to the narrative; these should complement the text and be appropriately inserted.
- List all citations (six pages maximum) at the end of the research plan.
- Make sure all citations are complete: title, authors, book or journal, volume number, inclusive pages, year of publication.
- Have an outside reader review the proposal for clarity and consistency.
- Proofread carefully by reading aloud. Do not rely on computer "spell check" to point out mistakes.
- Be consistent with terms, references, and form of writing style.
- Supplement the text material by including additional information in the appendices. However, appendices should contain supportive or supplemental, rather than essential material. Essential data should be included within the body of the application. Provide a table of contents of the appendices for easy reference by the reviewers.
- Make sure the application is signed and dated by you (the Principal Investigator) and by the designated institutional business official.
- Make sure all the "check-box" items on page II of the PHS 398 application are completed.
- Be sure that your application is received at the Division of Research Grants by the appropriate deadline.