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The links below contain useful information for the prospective grant application writer, including helpful hints on how to structure an application narrative and how the NIH review process works.

Inside the NIH Grant Review Process: A Video on Peer Review at NIH.
The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has produced a video of a mock study section meeting to provide an inside look at how NIH grant applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit. The video shows how outside experts assess applications and how review meetings are conducted to ensure fairness. The video also includes information on what applicants can do to improve the chances their applications will receive a positive review.

What Applicants Need to Know About the NIH New Format and Enhanced Review.

NIGMS Tips for New NIH Grant Applicants

Grants Application Writing Articles from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Excellent Grant Application Writing Articles, Sample Applications and a Breakdown of the NIH Peer Review Process, hosted by NIAID

NIH Forms, Publications and Published Databases
This site lists, in alphabetical order, most of the publications posted by the NIH Office of Extramural Research.

NIAID Funding Newsletter
A Regularly Updated Collection of Articles and News Items Concerned with NIH Grants and Funding

Rock Talk
A blog written by Dr. Sally Rockey, the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH.

The K Kiosk
Information about NIH Career Development (“K”) Awards

NIAID – How to write an application involving research animals

The Art of Grantsmanship
By Jacob Kraicer, MD, PhD Recognized as one of the best resources for grantsmanship on the Internet, this guide takes the reader through the entire process of grant application development. Each section provides bulleted suggestions for everything from “Before You Start to Write,” to details on specific parts of the application, to “Common Errors Made” by both new and established applicants.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Proposal Guide
A detailed manual on applying for funding from the NSF

The Elements of Style
By William Strunk, Jr. The classic guide online.

Nature article “Research Funding: Making the Cut”
An eye-opening description of the negotiations that determine whether an application is funded or not