Project Management

A Grad Student 'How-To' Paper on Grant Prep: Preliminary Data, Power Analysis, and Presentation

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Executive Summary

Grant preparation is often challenging due to short timelines, changing study designs, and sample sizes limited by logistics and/or budget constraints. The author recently submitted a U-19 grant consisting of five projects that required a systems biology study approach and had a substantial amount of preliminary data. Tasks included analyzing preliminary data, creating publication ready figures, and calculating power for each project within one week. The systems biology approach required the investigation of 400+ outcome parameters for preliminary and power analyses. The author used MACRO programming with PROC MIXED for longitudinal data analysis and ODS OUTPUT to produce summary tables and presentation quality figures for each outcome.

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