Research Resources and Funding Opportunities

Research Resources:

From the NIH

Grant Writing for NIH

  • Grant Writing Tips from NIH
  • NIH Information for New Investigators - Currently, NIH encourages new investigators to self-identify by checking a box on the electronic grant application form, so that they can be given special consideration. Peer reviewers are instructed to focus more on the proposed approach than on the track record, and to expect less preliminary data than would be provided by an established investigator. In addition, many NIH institutes and centers give new investigators special consideration in their selection for funding, and in some cases provide five years of support instead of the four that is the NIH average duration for a grant.
  • Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Applicant Resources
  • Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants - To help new and established applicants submit better applications, the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) asked six current and retired study section chairs to share their personal insights on what makes a good NIH grant application. Read what they said here.
  • NIH Peer Review Revealed - CSR has produced a series of videos to give you an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit. New and established applicants will find insights and understanding that can empower them to improve the applications and increase their chances for receiving a more positive review.
  • All About Grants Podcast - The Office of Extramural Research (OER) presents conversations with NIH staff members. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others, we provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. In mp3 and updated every other week.

Other Resources

Funding Opportunities (Electronic Search and Notification Services)

  • - This site allows organizations and individuals to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.
  • GrantForward - GrantForward is a searchable database of science funding opportunities offered by government agencies and private foundations. This service will also automatically provide by email the results of a daily, weekly or monthly search of your selected key words against the GrantForward database. This subscription service is supported by the Chancellor’s Office and is free to LSUHSC-NO users.
  • SMARTS - SMARTS provides daily funding opportunity alerts by email based on your keyword selection and allows searches of the InfoEd International database for science funding opportunities. These services are provided free through support of the LA Board of Regents.