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instructed to review them. Tis will give you some insight into what the reviewers are looking for in a grant proposal and what is required for a successful proposal. You should think like a reviewer. Tell your research story in your proposal and then think about what the criticisms could be from reviewers. It is always a good idea to serve as a grant reviewer to obtain the insight into how the program functions. Here are the websites: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/critiques/s10.htm https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/guidelines_general/


Review_Criteria_at_a_glance.pdf https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/guidelines_general/ scoring_system_and_procedure.pdf


Christine A. Brantner, Senior Research Scientist, Electron Microscopy, George Washington University Nanofabrication and Imaging Center I admit that I have never written a grant proposal, but I


want to reiterate some of the many important ideas our speak- ers emphasized. Please note that the above article comes from my notes, and I apologize if I have misrepresented anything that our presenters told us. It is not my intention, simply a lack of memory. To make your proposal strong, pay attention to all details,


and maybe the most important and most mentioned tip from our speakers was to answer the questions before the review- ers can ask them. Be sure to read and understand all of the fine print in the funding announcement. Remember that you can have a conversation with the Program Officer to clarify


what you have written. I like the following two ideas if they are possible in the program that you are applying to: add additional years of warranty or service contract and ask for application days so that these training days are there when you need them. You will need a well-thought-out manage- ment plan for everything from utility hook-ups to user fees. Make clear which fee is charged to whom and how disputes are settled. Put time into this section. Again, plan ahead, allow time to arrange all of the components of the grant application, and apply early. It is oſten very helpful to have others critique the proposal, and this is easier when everything is finished well ahead of the deadline to provide time for your readers. ATTENTION TO DETAILS cannot be mentioned enough as it seems that many proposals are not even read by the review- ers because of technicalities or because the directions were not followed. Tere also are the following federal agencies offering grant


possibilities: Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), US Department of Defense (DOD_grants.gov), and US Department of Energy Office of Science. Further information regarding funding opportunities can be found in a series of Microscopy Today articles, from a similar symposium at the Nashville 2011 M&M meeting, in the following issues: July 2012, page 54; Sept. 2012, page 60; Nov. 2012, page 54; Mar. 2013, page 52; May 2013, page 40; and July 2013, page 42.


Scanning Electron Microscopy for the


Life Sciences Heide Schatten


University of Missouri, Columbia US$120.00: Hb: 978-0-521-19599-7: 312 pp


Recent developments in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have resulted in a wealth of new applications for cell and molecular biology, as well as related biological disciplines. It is now possible to analyze macro molecular complexes within their three-dimensional cellular microenvironment in near native states at high resolution, and to identify specifi c molecu les and their structural and molecular interactions. New approach es include cryo-SEM applications and environmental SEM (ESEM), staining techniques and processing ap plications combining embedding and resin-extraction for imaging with high resolution SEM, and advances in immuno-labeling. With chapters written by experts, this guide gives an overview of SEM and sample processing for SEM, and highlights several advances in cell and molecular biology that greatly benefi ted from using conventional, cryo, immuno, and high-resolution SEM.


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The Press currently publishes the Microscopy and Microanalysis (MAM) journal in conjunction with the MSA, which reaches 4,000 microscopists and is affi liated with 12 international microscopy societies. The series would be a natural development from this journal, and will take a broad view of the discipline, covering topics from instrumentation to imaging, methodology and analysis across physical science, materials science, biology and medicine. Books commissioned for the series will range from advanced undergraduate textbooks through to research and practitioner oriented monographs for researchers. The series aims to produce a coherent source of material, encouraging the communication and exchange of ideas across these divergent fi elds, ensuring that the series appeals to a broad community in the physical and life sciences.


Forthcoming titles in this series:


Microscopic Nanocharacterization of Materials by Michael Isaacson


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