Driving Neurosurgical Research
Much neurosurgical research occurs in industry, which allows the advancement of our field to be driven by non-neurosurgeons. Peer-reviewed, extramural funding enables neurosurgeons to drive the process of innovation and understanding.
Funded scientific research within our field is scarce. Procuring funding as a neurosurgeon is challenging. Our dedication to clinical work leaves limited time to manage creative, basic science research. Also, traditional neurosurgical training does not teach us how to compose fundable grants.
What Is Grantsmanship?
Grantsmanship is the skill of writing grant applications so reviewers can easily understand and value them. This skill is important for neurosurgeons seeking National Institute of Health (NIH) funding, which is progressively more limited.
NIH Program Project Grants
NIH Program Project Grants exist to fund the development of collaborative research teams.
There are two important NIH funding programs:
- R01 grants
- K08 grants
R01 grants are aimed at projects with a high chance of success and high impact aims. These are intended for individuals capable of generating independent research with an established track record.
K08 grants are career awards designed to provide salary support and a supply budget to young clinician-investigators. This grant’s goal is to help secure protected, mentored basic science research. Additional K-type awards support clinician-investigators pursuing clinical-focused projects.
Below are a number of resources to build your grantsmanship skills. These documents include:
Samples of funded NIH grants written by the principal investigators
Pink sheets that accompany some of grants with the:
Review process in the NIH study section
Scope of the proposed budgets
Revisions of initial grants that were ultimately funded
E Antonio Chiocca:
Robert M. Friedlander:
Mechanisms and Modulation of Disease Progression in ALSMechanisms and Modulation of Disease Progression in ALS: Pink SheetsMechanisms and Modulation of Disease Progression in ALS: Revised ApplicationMechanisms and Modulation of Disease Progression in ALS: Pink Sheets for the revised application