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Where can I get help with writing the application?

After deciding which mechanism is best for you, you will want to begin writing your application. Review applications of colleagues who have had successful review and funding. Creating a well-organized and well-designed research plan is critical to successful peer review. Be specific in describing what you are proposing to do, why this research is important and how you will do it.

There are a number of resources available to you to help you in this process. You will want to begin with the PHS 398or SF424 form and its instructions. Read the instructions carefully before developing your research plan. The instructions give details about page limitations, format specifications, human subjects research requirements, and budget. Some types of mechanisms are now using Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

Organize your research plan in a logical fashion. NIAID has created a detailed tutorial called NIH Grant Cycle: Application to Renewal that takes you through the process.

Include enough information to show you know what you're talking about. Tell them how your early work prepares you for the new project.

Other Resources:

Grant Writing Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
Grant Writing Tips from OER
NIH Regional Seminar Presentations: Grant Writing for Success
CSR Advice to Investigators Submitting Clinical Research Applications

Page Last Updated: February 2011
Content Manager: ClinicalResearchPolicyManager@nhlbi.nih.gov

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