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I've learned a few things from my experience with NIH grants, and in talking recently with a former research trainee, I realized those lessons might be helpful to others.
What experience? I've successfully competed for NIH grants including R01s, R21s, a K08, a K24, an R13, and an ARRA supplement. I've also contributed as investigator or key personnel to other PIs' R01s. I've served on several NIH review panels and was a standing member of the Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration (CNN) study section for 4 years. A recent NIH biosketch is available here with all the details.
Disclaimer: this is free advice ... and guaranteed to be worth every penny. ☺ As they say, YMMV.
The reviewers have done this before, so ...
... so you probably won't get away with hiding something or hoping they won't notice. Better to just be upfront with it, like this:
Potential Concerns: Ideally I would have experience with MEG, but since I don't, my colleague Jane Doe, a renowned MEG researcher, is doing that part of the study (see her letter). See also the detailed plan for dealing with my subjects' tin foil hats under 'MEG methods,' above.