National Institutes of Health*



In our opinion, more good ideas submitted to NIH are lost due to poor packaging and presentation – poor grantsmanship – than for any other reason. The NIH version of our Workbook is designed to avoid that trap.

The Workbook is interactive. We explain how to write each component of the proposal, after which we offer an example. We then invite you to write something comparable for the subject that you are presenting. As you make those responses, one after the other, the first draft of your application gradually falls into place.

The current edition is updated to include changes in title length, resubmission policy and major changes in how the Biographical Sketch should be prepared. The current edition also provides recommendations regarding how to cope with those changes. It has also been updated to reflect how revisions in text should be referred to in resubmitted applications.

Content of the Workbook can be sampled by clicking on the open-book icons to the right. Give yourself a competitive advantage when you write your next proposal to the National Institutes of Health: Invest in a copy of the NIH version of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook.


* Effective January 25, 2016 changes will be made in the way that grant applications to NIH are written and reviewed (NOT-OD-15-102: “Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable in NIH-funded Research” and NOT-OD-15-103: “Enhancing Reproducibility Through Rigor and Transparency”).  Unfortunately, instructions regarding these changes won’t be available until this fall, probably in October or November, when NIH has published new versions of the Application Guide in the past.  You have a choice in ordering, therefore, during this interim period:  (1) Order the Workbook now and receive a no-cost electronic supplement after the changes have been detailed.  Or (2) Send your contact information to and we will notify you when the updated Workbook becomes available.