Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship notes that the new short NIH application format is out. Applications turned in on January 25, 2010, or later, will have a new format and a shorter page limit and a. Writedit lists the major changes in her post, and those include a one-page introduction, a six or 12-page research strategy section, a biosketch limited to 15 publications, among others.

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