IDENTIFYING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
postings of all federal funding opportunities: Subscribe here
for email postings of all federal funding opportunities.
You can receive all new announcements or filter them by agency, funding
types, or subject area.
Grant Opportunities: Grants.gov's search engine for all federal
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Funding Opportunities and Notices: This page is a gateway to many
useful pages for research funding. It includes a funding search engine and links
for postings of
announcements and notices, organized by types of announcements, or chronologically
by release date. New announcements are posted once a week. Links for instructions
and application forms can also be found here.
ListServer: Sign up for weekly
e-mail postings of new releases of notices, Requests For Applications (RFAs),
and Program Announcements (PAs).
R Series Proposal Examples: The
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases has provided PDFs of
R01, R21 and R23 proposals that serve as examples proposals. If you are a
grad student, NIGMS also provides examples
of successful NIH predoctoral F31 Applications. Unfortunately, I have
not found NIH-sanctioned examples of K-series proposals for postdocs applicants.
RePORTER: NIH RePorter is adatabase for currently funded grants. You can search
for currently funded NIH grants by subject area, key words, or principle
investigator, etc. This database contains abstracts of all funded grants.
This is very useful for finding out the types of proposals that have been
successful in your area of research, and might give you an idea whether
the idea you have is already saturated.
Priorities of Individual Institutes at the NIH: This page links
to all of the individual institutes at the NIH. Each institute has its own
set of priorities for the types of ongoing research it funds. Familiarize yourself
with research goals of the different institutes. The most typical NIH grant
is an "investigator-initiated" R01 application. These applications
must be related to the stated program interests of one or more of the NIH Institutes
and Centers. Investigator-initiated proposals opportunities are separate
from RFAs and other calls for very specific types of research. Each institute
maintains its own web pages, detailing the types of on-going research it funds,
as well as open RFAs and PAs. When you have found an institute that matches
your research interests, you should contact the program officer to confirm
their interest and/or to obtain advice about how to mold your proposal to better
suit the institute's research priorities.
Proposals are submitted at
standard deadlines (check each institute for details, as some institutes do
not use all the deadlines).
of and Requirements for Types of NIH Funding Programs: NIH
has a wide range of programs or mechanisms used to fund research and training.
NIH uses acronyms, such as R01, R21, PO1, T32, etc., which designate the different
types of funding. The standard NIH grant is an R01, but NIH also funds short
term exploratory programs, large multi-PI program project grants, equipment
acquisition, etc. Each "mechanism" has different grant requirements,
policies, and eligibility rules. This site will help you sort out these differences.
Your Funding Recently? If you
have lost your funding recently and are trying implement measures to keep your
lab afloat, you aren't alone. NIAID has some good advice at this link, which
applies to any other NIH institute.
Funding Home: This site includes a search engine for
funding opportunities, links to program areas that NSF funds,
lists of recently
released funding announcements, and links for special
funding programs for students, postdoctoral fellows, K-12 teachers,
small businesses, etc. It also has links for instructions, forms,
etc. See the writing tips section below for more detail.
Active Funding Opportunities (and email-subscriptions): This page
has links at the top so that you can sign up for weekly email
notifications of releases of opportunities
and/or upcoming deadlines. It also
has a sortable list of active funding opportunities.
Award Search (database for currently funded grants): You can search
for research grants that are currently funded by NSF here. Again, such information
is helpful for knowing more detail about the types of programs NSF is supporting,
or whether the idea you have is already significantly covered.
California Institute for Regenerative
current requests for applications (RFAs): CIRM is specific to STEM
cell research and is funded by the state of California. This page provides a
list open requests for applications. Links for downloading application forms
are found on the page of each RFA. .
Foundations, International Agencies, and other Funders
of Science PIVOT Funder Database: COS provides
a comprehensive funding database for private foundations and federal, state,
and international funding organizations. It is the most useful database for
finding private funding opportunities, but also excellent for finding
programs that support foreign postdocs, sabbaticals to
other countries, etc. It will also list federal and state opportunities. You
can do searches by keywords, type of applicant, deadlines, agency, etc., or
do a simple click to get alphabetical lists of funders or opportunities with
upcoming deadlines. Check the advanced search capabilities! This site requires
use of browser cookies. You must be a member to use this site and UCSC is member:
if you open your browser using a University server, you can access the COS database,
but you can also access the database from other servers (e.g., when you
are at home), if you register using
your UCSC email address. Registering gives you other privileges as well,
such as saving searches or receiving email postings of opportunities in which
you are interested. This database is well worth exploring.
WRITING INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS
Applicant Tips Page: Most federal agencies now require electronic
submission of grants through the Grants.gov system.
Typically, the University's Office of Sponsored Projects handles input of these
applications. Contact your OSP officer or, if you are student or postdoc, ask
your PI about this.
Funding Strategies Website: NIAID has created a grantsmanship tutorial
called the Strategy for NIH Funding. Topics include Qualifying for NIH Funding,
Picking and Designing a Project, Writig Your Application, Submitting Your
Application, Assignment and Review, If Not Funded, Funding and Staying Funded.
Application Forms and Instructions:
NIH typically utilizes the Standard Form 424 and submissions are almost always
electronic via Grants.gov. If you are simply interested in
length of various NIH grant applications, you can find page
limits here. NIH also requires applicants (including postdoctoral
participants) to acquire
an eRA Commons ID to submit electronically. Please read and follow these
instructions. (Updated December 2014 - Note that a new Biographical Sketch format
is being phased in between January and June 2015.)
Standard Due Dates: This provides a list of standard due dates
for grant programs in all standard series of grants.
Institutes of Health Grant Application Writer's Workbook: The Grant
Writers' Seminars & Workshops LLC publishes an excellent, comprehensive
practical guide to grant writing. It specifically addresses NIH
application formats and review criteria and has been updated for 2015. It is
expensive ($75), but it is full of solid advice and addresses very specific points
regarding NIH applications,
etc. While the advice is broadly applicable to all grant writing, the
publication group also produces similar NSF-specific
and general grant writing workbooks (see below).
Grant Writing Tutorials: This web page has a series of links for
grant writing tutorials, tips, etc. The site was updated on July 29, 2014. I
prefer the workbook found at link above, but the NIH site tutorials are free.
Reviewer Guidelines: The information on this page provides insight
into how NIH instructs the reviewers of your proposals. It includes
PDF downloads for multiple topics, such as "Review
Criteria at a Glance," "Overall
Impact versus Significance," and "Scoring System and Procedure."
NIH Looks For? NIH's
Grant Application Basics page has a quick summary of what NIH is
looking for in research proposals.
and Early Stage Investigator Policies: Information and advice regarding
special policies involving new investigators (e.g., new assistant professors
and those with limited previous funding).
Grant Proposal Guide (general instructions): This page has html
and PDF links to the NSF instructions for all proposals. In my experience, NSF
doesn't offer much in the way of practical advice.
Science Foundation Grant Application Writer's Workbook: The Grant
Writers' Seminars & Workshops LLC also publishes a workbook that directly
addresses NSF requirements, formatting, and nuances (updated for 2015).
Merit Review: Description of NSF's proposal reviewing process.
The information on this page can provide insight into what and how NIH instructs
the reviewers of your proposals.
Impacts Advice: UCSC has a Broader Impacts Office, where you
can get advice about how to maximize your score in this area on your NSF
proposal. In short, NSF places much more formal emphasis on the societal
and educational impacts of your research program, as well as issues involving
inclusiveness (the Broader Impacts Office can clarify the semantics of
what this means in practical terms). This is particularly important for
NSF Career Awards. In addition to offering general advice at
the website, the office also offers individual help with proposals
in this regard.
Other Grant Writing Tips
Grant Writing Workbook:
Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops LLC also publishes a more generic workbook
geared to various funding resources, which can be particularly helpful for