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NIH provides a number of useful guides, multimedia tools, handy how-tos, reports, and other resources to help grantwriters. This is a directory of our favorites.

General Info about NIH grant applications

NIH offers resources and trainings on Protection of Human Subjects in medical research.

NIH RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools), a treasure trove of NIH funding facts.

NIH’s “All About Grants” Podcasts.

NIH Glossary and Acronym List.

Writing the Application

So what is the Cover Letter used for now? Read this.

NIAID Sample Grant Applications: R01, R03, R15, R21, R21/R33, SBIR, STTR, K01, K08, F31
NOTE: The application text is copyrighted. It may be used only for nonprofit educational purposes provided the document remains unchanged and the PI, the grantee organization, and NIAID are credited.

NIAID information on How to Apply for a Grant.

The SF424 application information, your go-to reference for all guidelines and questions about your submission.

DHHS/OER Policy on Multiple Principal Investigators

Assignment Request Form info, the document now used to make requests for study section and IC assignment (in lieu of the Cover Letter.)

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Submitting the Application

NIH ASSIST Application Process (registration, DUNS number, etc).

US Department of Health and Human Services Grant Application Form (PHS 398 Form and Instructions)

Info About the Review Process

The Center for Scientific Review puts out a blog called Review Matters with information about the ever-evolving process of peer review of NIH submissions. 

Trying to choose a Study Section? Begin by choosing a Review Branch.

High-level overview of the NIH grants process, great for first-time applicants.

How NIH Grant Applications Are Reviewed
Also other good stuff linked on this page, like writing tips, sample Summary Statements, etc.

NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) Peer Review Policy and Practices

Definitions of Criteria and Considerations for Research Project Grant (RPG/R01/R03/R15/R21/R34) Critiques


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