During the preparation of my NIH proposal in May 2018, I started a OneNote document to organize the information I gathered. These are my notes and some tips. Hope it can be useful to new investigators. I got lucky with NIH only once, so I am not that “seasoned”. This is based on my personal opinions, experiences, and lessons.
1. Suck it up and write it I use one Microsoft Word document to write all the components: Project Summary, Narrative, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, References, Facilities, Equipment, Personnel justification, Resource Sharing Plan, etc.