New “All About Grants” Podcast on Letters of Support

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Cathleen Cooper, Ph.D., Director, Division of Receipt and Referral of NIH Center for Scientific Review

Letters of support are a valuable part of your grant application. They provide an opportunity for you to document the commitment and support of your institution and collaborators, the availability of required resources, and more.

In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, Cathleen Cooper, Ph.D., who directs the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review’s Division of Receipt and Referral, joins us to talk all about letters of support (MP3 / Transcript). Hear what information should be included in these letters, what should not, how they differ from other letters submitted as part of an application, and more.   

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  1. I, Dr. Saumya Pandey (Ph.D.), gained crisp scientific updates regarding investigator-initiated competitive grant-proposals/submitted innovative research proposals for strategic funding; the letters of support/refernces are integregal for successful grant-submissions, and the mechanistic expert critical research grants-management insights provided by Dr. Cathleen Cooper (Ph.D.) were indeed enlightening. For instance, I have continued interests in achieving my professional goals in high-quality ethical research with adherence to the core tenets of bioethics and scientific integrity with emphasis on research productivity as demonstrated in first-authorship publications (43 firsts to date), and therefore, the expert snapshots in competitive grants-management with thrust on letters of reference/support further provided an elegant overview of the overall grants-applications-process. This would certainly prove immensely beneficial in my future investigator-initiated medical research projects’ submissions to NIH USA for meaningfully contributing to the public health research globally with emphasis on good practice research and ethical human subject research for cost-effectively addressing the ever-expanding burden of diverse human disease pathophysiologies in ethnically disparate population subsets of varying lifestyles.
    Overall, an enriching experience in the competitive medical research field; once again, I woud like to congratulate the experts for providing such stimulating research discussions for effcetice dissemination of emerging scientific concepts!
    Thank you.
    Dr. Pandey (Lucknow, India)

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