ORDE-developed resources as well as helpful tips and tools from various funding agencies are outlined below.
The ORDE Know Your Agency (KYA) Series provides agency briefs in a concise two or three page format, giving details about the agency's organization and grant competition process. We will be adding agencies, both federal and private, throughout the year. This
Series is associated with our Faculty Seminar Series Know Your Agency Lunches (see Seminars tab for information on upcoming KYA Lunches).
Please contact us if you have specific agencies you would like to see us feature in this series
The National Institutes of Health website can be very complicated to negotiate. ORDE has developed the NIH Website Guide as an aid for researchers seeking information specific to their needs when on the NIH site.
The National Science Foundation's Early Career Development (CAREER) Award supports faculty members in their dual roles as educator and researcher. An eligible candidate for this award has a terminal degree, is untenured, has not received a previous NSF CAREER Award and is in a tenure-track position at a US institution of higher education at the rank of assistant professor. ORDE has published this NSF CAREER Award Toolkit to provide comprehensive information about this program in one easy-to-negotiate location.
Resources From the National Institute of Health (NIH)
The NIH Office of Extramural Research offers a series of podcasts providing insights on various grant topics from those who know the agency best - NIH staff members. Podcasts are available as MP3 files. Subscribe through ITunes or download directly from
the NIH website at https://grants.nih.gov/news/virtual-learning/podcasts.htm.
One of the best ways to become more proficient at grant writing is to review funded applications. While the following sample applications are from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), they are applicable to all NIH components.
NIAID has released sample applications for research grants (R01, R03, R21, R21/R33) and K Awards (K01, K08). Check out the sample applications complete with associated summary statements.
Looking for more samples of NIH applications? Check out the offerings available from NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Science:
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) offers a bi-weekly newsletter, NIAID Funding News, that provides how-to articles, payline details, Institute priorities and answers to reader-generated questions.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) offers great advice on all aspects of the application process when applying for funding from the National Institutes of Health on their "Apply for a Grant" web page.
The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is a weekly electronic publication providing details about newly released requests for applications, program announcements and informational notices. This resource is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html
NIH has produced several videos pertaining to the agency's peer review process including "What Happens to Your NIH Grant?" and "Top 10 Peer Review Q&As".
When submitting an application to the National Institutes of Health, principal investigators often have the opportunity to request that the application be assigned to a particular Institute and study section. This request goes in the application cover
letter. To determine which study section would be best suited for a project, PIs will want to review study section descriptions and membership rosters, available at https://public.era.nih.gov/pubroster/
The NIH Center for Scientific Review has updated their popular "Insider's Guide to Peer Review for Applicants." What makes this a powerful document is that the contributors are all NIH study section chairs. It is available as an HTML or Adobe Acrobat document.
Resources From Other Funding Agencies
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) with the US Department of Education (ED) offers a series of webinars on grant writing and how to best address stated needs of specific funding programs with IES. Webinar transcripts are also available. These webinars
and related transcripts are accessible at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/previous_webinars.asp.
Published by the National Science Board, this series of reports provide data on US and international science and engineering efforts. Subjects covered include elementary/secondary math and science education, higher education in math and science, science and engineering
labor force, research and development trends and international comparisons, academic R&D, public attitudes and understanding concerning science and technology and US State indicators. Science and Engineering Indicators 2020 is a very helpful resource when trying to gain a better understanding of the overall health of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the US to build a case for your research project.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has two review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. Criterion #2 seems to cause the most angst among researchers in terms of how to most effectively meet the requirements posed. NSF recently developed
a new web page addressing Broader Impacts that gives researchers insights on how this review criterion has been addressed successfully by colleagues. Check these examples out.
An entertaining 8-minute animated video explains how NSF chooses the projects they support with the assistance of experts across the nation through merit review. This video provides helpful insights on what can be a quite complicated process. Go to https://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=76467 to see the video.
NSF has released this updated document outlining what steps the agency is taking to insure transparency in their operations including 1) making data more readily accessible to the public, 2) expanding opportunities for public input on NSF programs
and policies and 3) increasing collaboration among government and private entities. One area directly related to proposal development is a discussion on readibility of funded project abstracts. Details on NSF's Open Government Plan are available at http://www.nsf.gov/open/
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) within the US Department of Justice has put together a resource they call Grants 101. This resource takes new and current investigators through the agency's grants process and includes information on the life of a grant, how to apply and what to expect from the application review process. OJP also supplies a Toolkit with sample materials, the OJP Financial GUide, procurement information, an application checklist and a sample program narrative checklist. Grants 101 is available at https://ojp.gov/grants101/
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) offers a webinar series defining patient centered outcomes research and the research efforts supported by PCORI. Access these webinars at https://www.pcori.org/pcori-practice