When writing an NIH grant application, applicants are asked to develop a Project Summary/Abstract and a Project Narrative, two sections that, if funded, are made available on RePORTER to help the public understand the value of NIH-funded research. Check out the table below to see how they compare and what to include.
|A succinct and accurate description of the proposed work
|Communicates the public health relevance of the project to the public
|30 lines of text or less
|No more than 2-3 sentences
|Should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields and understandable to a scientifically literate reader
|Use plain language understandable by a general audience
|Include: the project’s broad, long-term objectives and specific aims, and a description of the research design and methods. Do not include: proprietary or confidential information, or descriptions of past accomplishments.
|Describe how, in the short or long term, the research would contribute to: the fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and/or the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
|If the application is funded, the summary/abstract will be available on RePORTER
|If the application is funded, the narrative will be available on RePORTER