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.

This edition is responsive to NIH’s paradigm-shifting, 2016 changes in how applicants must write research-grant applications. Updates include a new chapter on the strategic use of literature review and preliminary results. This edition also demystifies how you should present the scientific premise for your application, to include how you should discuss strengths and weaknesses of preliminary results and cited publications. NIH now requires such discussion. The chapter on the Approach subsection of Research Strategy has been expanded to help you increase the rigor of your experimental design and to deal with potential sources of biological variation. In later chapters, you will be helped to describe how you authenticated your key biological and/or chemical resources, as well as to use the PHS Assignment Request Form to advantage.

You can sample content of the Workbook 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.