#TuesdayTip: easing your NIH funding fears

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research

30 August 2016

Obtaining funding from the US National Insitutes for Health (NIH) can seem daunting, and when it comes to the application process - like a downright mystery. But there's no need to fear foreign funding, or flounder woefully out there on your own!

Did you know that the NIH provides a comprehensive guide to help you develop a strong application? Below is a summary of the ideal steps to take when writing your bid, as suggested by the NIH itself:

  1. Understand the system: The NIH application system has many components, which makes it seem a bit complicated. However, once you take a look at the breakdown provided in their guide, you'll understand how it functions. This foundational knowledge will help you find and intrepret funding calls, and most importantly - determine which opportunity is most appropriate for your project.
  2. Write your application: Once you get the practicalities down and have identified a call to apply to, it's time to buckle down and write. This process is pretty similar across the board for research funding, but the NIH does have some particulars you'll want to check out. The NIH guide provides details about all the bits and bobs - from developing your budget to putting together your research plan.
  3. Submit, track and review your application: This is the exciting part! Finally done and ready to submit. Obviously this comes after you've had assistance from Research Services to put your application through internal approvals, but you already knew that, right? :) Because of the NIH's complex set of systems, submission can be slightly tricky. In general, submission is performed in Grants.gov, with options to track and review in eRA Commons. For more detail, check out the corresponding section of the guide.

Bing, bang, boom and you're all done. See? Not as hard as you thought. When you have time, check out the whole guide, and if questions come up, the ARU Research Services Team is only an email away.


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