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.
|Project Summary/Abstract||Project Narrative|
|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|
For more guidance, see the Application Guide for Project Summary/Abstract and Project Narrative.