If you are new to writing grant applications, sometimes seeing how someone else has presented their idea can help as you are developing your own application. With the gracious permission of successful investigators, some institutes have provided samples of funded applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more.
When referencing these resources, it is important to remember:
- These applications were developed using the application forms and instructions that were in effect at the time of their submission. Forms and instructions change regularly and may not be available for every form version. Read and carefully follow the instructions in the funding opportunity announcement to which you are responding and the current application instructions carefully.
- The best way to present your science may differ substantially from the approach taken by those who wrote the example applications. Seek feedback on your draft application from mentors and others.
- Talk to an NIH program officer in your area of science for advice about the best type of grant program and the Institute or Center that might be interested in your idea.
- Samples are not available for all grant programs. Many programs have common elements and the available samples can still provide helpful information.
- The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Sample Applications and More website includes examples of funded R01, U01, R03, R15, R21, R21/R33, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) website provides several types of sample applications, including
- Sample Behavioral Research Grant Applications (R01, R21, R03)
- Sample Cancer Epidemiology Grant Applications (R01, R21, R03,R37)
- Implementation Science Team, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (R01, R21, R37)
- The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Sample ELSI Applications and Summary Statements website includes examples of funded R01, R03, and R21 applications, summary statements, and biosketches
- The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has several pages with sample applications
- Scientific Rigor Examples
- Authentication Plan Examples