Tips for Obtaining NIH Grant Funding Courtesy of Laure Aurelian, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine Have a good idea; consider issues, questions and controversies. Identify appropriate institute; talk to PO. Establish your independence potential. Define your priorities and achievements; training to complement. Generate relevant preliminary data. Discuss potential problems and pitfalls. Describe alternate strategies. Use clear and concise writing style; proofread and critique your own proposal Seek mentoring, enlist collaboration and read successful proposals models.