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 R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more. They have even provided sample summary statements so you can know what to expect to receive as the outcome of the review of your application.
When referencing these resources, it is important to remember:
- Proceed with caution – These applications were developed using the forms and instructions that were in effect at the time of their submission and may not apply to the funding opportunity to which you are responding. Follow current application instructions and requirements included in the funding opportunity carefully.
- Different strokes – 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.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out – 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.
- Get scrappy – Samples are not available for all grant programs. Many programs have common elements and the available samples can still provide helpful information.