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Grant Preparation Resources

Listed below are several preparation resources and links to materials to develop a competitive research project grant application. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of resources. Participating NIH institutes may be able to suggest additional resources that could be helpful in preparing a grant in a specific research area; contact information is provided in the Agency Contacts section of this website.

  • NIH Grant Writing
    This website provides guidance that may assist in developing a strong application.
  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
    This website provides information about CBPR, an applied collaborative approach that enables community residents to more actively participate in the full spectrum of research, with a goal of influencing change in community health, systems, programs or policies.
  • Mixed Methods Best Practices – from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
    This report outlines the importance of mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) research and provides information, resources, and strategies to develop a strong mixed methods research design.
  • The NIH Peer Review System
    This page provides information about the NIH Peer Review Process, which ensures that applications submitted to the NIH are evaluated by scientific experts in a manner free from inappropriate influences. Currently the NIH receives approximately 80,000 applications and engages approximately 20,000 reviewers per year.