Grant Starter Kit

This Grant Starter Kit contains templates and primer documents to help you write and assemble your grant. Please note that NIH is continually changing their policies. We will keep these documents as current as possible, but if you notice anything out of date, please let us know. This is an ever-evolving process so if you have recommendations and content to contribute, please email us.

Last update: February 7, 2019

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Finding funding opportunity announcements (FOA)

Writing and preparing your NIH application

Official Instructions

Writing Guides

Helpful links for NIH grants (success rates, study sections etc.)

Rigor and Reproducibility

Checklists

Note: Each item in the checklist contains a link to additional instructions/information to help you complete that section of the grant application.

Templates, Examples and Resources for NIH Research Grants

Below are helpful links, templates, and examples to aid you when completeing NIH attachments. While directions from the SF424 are embedded in the templates, please refer to the FOA for specific requirements that may superceed the generic instructions.

Human Subjects (HS) and Clinical Trials information

According to NIH, “clinical research includes all research involving human participants. It does not include secondary studies using existing biological specimens or data collected without identifiers or data that are publicly available. Clinical trials are clinical research studies involving human participants assigned to an intervention in which the study is designed to evaluate the effect(s) of the intervention on the participant and the effect being evaluated is a health-related or behavioral outcome.”

If you are proposing human subjects research or a clinical trial in your proposal, then you will need to fill out the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials form (Adobe pdf file below). PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials form instructions may be found here.

  • PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials blank form
    Note: This pdf file only opens in Adobe so to view and edit, download and then open in Adobe. Fill out the fields in this from and give to your grants manager to upload. If you attach your pdf attachments to the form, everything can be uploaded into the NIH Assist system.

Below are blank templates for the HS attachments associated with the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials form with NIH instructions. Please note that depending on your research, you may not have to include all attachments. Please consult the FOA for additional instructions.

Below are redacted examples of PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Form E documents (updated January 17, 2019).

Templates for NIH K and F Awards

Examples of Funded Applications

The Office for Research can help you find previously funded grants from unusual NIH mechanisms. Please email the Office for Research for more information. In addition, NIH has sample grants to help researchers prepare their R01s: