National Institutes of Health (NIH) Specific Requirements & Advice

Resources and Programs for NIH Grant Applicants
An infographic from the Center for Scientific Review to help clarify the process, highlighting institution- and investigator-specific information, including key actions that must be taken well in advance of application submission


Office of Extramural Research

PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS (For Unsolicited or Investigator-Initiated Applications)

How to Apply - Application Guide

New requirements became effective for due dates on or after January 25, 2023

Format Attachments
Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications

Table of All Instructions, Forms and Formats
Blank biosketch form, data tables for use with Institutional Research Training grant applications, etc.

My Bibliography -- Hints and Help
Resources for New and Early Stage Investigators
Human Subjects Research website
Division of Human Subjects Research (DHSR) Resources on Human Subjects, Clinical Trials, and Inclusion

Allowable Costs Related to Participant Inclusion Activities

Scientific Data Sharing website
Writing a Data Management & Sharing Plan
eRA Commons overview



Grant Application Basics
Writing Your Application
Grant Writing Tips Sheets

Samples: Applications, Attachments, and Other Documents

All About Grants Podcasts

Center for Scientific Review - Applicant Resources

Reviewer Guidance on Rigor and Transparency

Top 100 Peer Review Q&As for NIH Applicants

NIH Peer Review: Grants and Cooperative Agreements
A ”one-stop explanation of the core values of peer review and the NIH policies that uphold them”

What Happens to Your Application


Apply for a Grant (NIAID)

This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of seeking funding: finding opportunities, interacting with NIH, application preparation, review, and more. Includes sample applications and summary statements for some funding mechanisms

Comparing Popular Research Project Grants: R01, R03 or R21 (NIAID)

Quick Guide for Grant Applications (NCI)

Common Mistakes in NIH Applications (NINDS)

SBIR/STTR Policy and Grantsmanship Information


Academic Research Enhancement Award [AREA] for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15)

NIH has made some changes to how it will use the R15 mechanism. See NOT-OD-19-015 for details.

Key Points:

  • UNH is eligible ONLY for AREA R15 awards
  • Be sure to use the appropriate AREA FOA for your project ("clinical trial not allowed" or "clinical trial required").
  • Your Grant and Contract Administrator (GCA) in Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) will upload the now-required institutional eligibility letter when assembling the application package.





Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans (BESH)

NIH has extended flexibilities for registration and results reporting for studies submitted to basic experimental studies with humans (BESH) funding opportunities. This policy flexibility, originally announced in NOT-OD-18-212, is now extended through September 24, 2024.

While BESH investigators are strongly encouraged to register their studies and report summary results to, NIH is continuing to offer the flexibility for investigators to register and report results on alternative publicly available platforms at this time. It is important to note that this flexibility only applies to studies submitted through funding opportunities that are designated as “Basic Experimental Studies with Humans.”

Need help determining if your research fits within the scope of a BESH FOA?

NIH also has updated its Clinical Trial Case Studies to include examples of Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans (see Cases #9, #14, #40, #41).
Want to narrow down the list of Case Studies? Try the keyword filter to sort and view Case Studies by study type.


UNH-developed NIH Proposal Development Tools and Resources

  • Comparison of Selected NIH Research Funding Mechanisms
  • Templates – biosketch, current and pending support
  • Hints for NIH Facilities and Other Resources Section, including UNH info for R15 (AREA) applications
  • Whom to Talk to During the NIH Application Process

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