National Institutes of Health



In our experience, good ideas submitted to the NIH are turned down more often because of poor packaging and presentation – i.e., poor grantsmanship – than for any other reason. The NIH version of our Workbook is designed to avoid that trap.

This Workbook will serve as your step-by-step guide to writing a compelling, fundable NIH grant application. 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.

In addition to addressing the latest NIH changes, this edition also includes guidance on how to improve the rigor of experimental design, along with how the transparency of your proposal can be enhanced.  Further, it demystifies how you should present the rigor of the prior research for your application, to include how you should discuss strengths and weaknesses of preliminary results and published literature. Different uses of conceptual and technical preliminary results are also described. The chapter on the Approach subsection of the Research Strategy was previously expanded to help you address potential sources of biological variation, especially those related to sex. All URLs and screenshots have been updated.

You may sample content of this Workbook by clicking on the links to the right. Give yourself a competitive advantage when you write your next proposal to the NIH by investing in the latest The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook – NIH Version, available for purchase today!