7 December 2010 17:06
Q: Hi, I have been chosen by my host institution as a candidate to compete for DP5 award. I have a question regarding the proposal. Is the requirement for preliminary data in the proposal similar to that for other NIH proposals, like R01/R21? I am considering to explore a new subject if I am awarded, so I can only provide minimal preliminary data in the proposal...Will this be a disadvantage?
The expectations for preliminary data are less than that for traditional R01 applications. The reviewers will understand that the candidates have recently completed or will soon complete their doctoral degree/clinical residency and so will not have had the opportunity to amass large amounts of supporting data. Particular emphasis in review of applications will be given to the strengths and potential of the candidate, as well as the strengths (available instrumentation, research infrastructure, existing scientific expertise, etc.) and commitment of the host institution to the candidate. By the way, though the expectations for preliminary results in a conventional R01 may seem high, they are not quite at the level of having half of the proposed research ready for publication.