Grant Writing Tips

Understand the NIH grants and funding process

The NIH Grants Process Overview provides an overview of the steps required for an application to proceed from application planning and submission through award and close out.

Stay Informed
NIH announces the availability of funds for grant programs by issuing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and on Grants.gov. Subscribe to a weekly email to receive up-to-date listings of new announcements published during the week.

Sign up for the NIDCR E-Newsletter for the latest information on NIDCR.

Writing a Grant Application

Sample Grant Applications
Sample grant applications from predoctoral fellowships (F31) to Research Project Awards are available through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences also publishes sample F31 applications on their website.

Grant Writing For Success
The NIH Office of Extramural Research provides a guide to writing a grant application and links to grant writing tips.

Learn how to prepare the new NIH biosketch format using SciENcv.

A guide for the Vertebrate Animal Section (PDF) of a grant application is available through the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.

Points of Contact
NIH Program Officers are the primary source of information for scientific, funding and programmatic matters. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact an NIDCR program officer early. View NIDCR program contacts by research area.

For fellowships, career development awards, loan repayment and other training grants see Careers and Training.

Last Reviewed
July 2018