How do I number sections in the new NIH application format?
The NIH web site does not give you instructions about numbering sections of the new application format. So what should you do? Here is some advice from recent NIH study section members.
“When we looked at actual grant applications with perfect or near-perfect scores we saw that some people used numbers and some did not. While numbering sections and Specific Aims is not necessary, do make sure to include headers for each section, including the Research Strategy and its subsections.
In most cases, when you do not see an instruction from NIH, there is no requirement. This appears to be one of those cases.”
For more advice, see "Structuring the Research Strategy Section of Your Application” in NIH's Extramural Nexus.
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