Grantsmanship Strategies believes:

  • A good idea is critical but not sufficient to get NIH funding. A good idea must be backed up by good marketing, communication and persuasion skills.
  • Understanding the NIH review process will aid in developing a winning application.
  • Understanding all the funding opportunities across a career can improve both funding and career development.


Jerry Heindel, Ph.D. has personally written many NIH grants during the 10 years he was in Academia. He then spent more than 20 years as a Scientific Program Administrator in the Extramural Division at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH (NIEHS). He has given over 50 presentations on how to write winning applications based on his personal experience, talking to investigators, reviewing preproposals, reviewing summary statements and attending review meetings.  He has now put his knowledge into presentations that cover all the key aspects scientists need to know about how to best use all the opportunities NIH offers for grant support over a career.