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What POs Can and Can’t Do For You

By Bouvier Grant Group

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As you probably know, I am a huge proponent of establishing a relationship with your NIH Program Officer (PO), as it can yield myriad benefits. For example, POs have a pulse on their IC’s priorities and are familiar with programs that may align well with your research idea. Also, by reaching out to a PO with your Specific Aims, you may be able to gauge their enthusiasm for the concept. Additionally, they may recommend an IC that better aligns with your proposed project if their IC is not a good fit.


Just as it is important to know what information to have ready when planning to speak to a PO, it is also important to know what they can and can’t do in order to make the appropriate approach and have the most effective conversation.

Dr. Meg Bouvier

Margaret Bouvier received her PhD in 1995 in Biomedical Sciences from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After an NINDS post-doctoral fellowship, she worked as a staff writer for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in the Office of Press, Policy, and Communications for the Human Genome Project and NHGRI. Since 2007, Meg has specialized in editing and advising on NIH submissions, and began offering virtual courses in 2015. She's recently worked with more than 40% of the nation's highest-performing hospitals*, four of the top 10 cancer hospitals, three of the top five medical schools for research, and 14 NCI-designated cancer centers. Her experience at NIH as both a bench scientist and staff writer greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting. She has helped clients land over half a billion in federal funding. Bouvier Grant Group is a woman-owned small business.

*Our clients include 9 of the top 22 hospitals as recognized by the 2023/24 US News & World Report honor roll

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