Write Your Grant
Discover resources for helping you write research grant applications.
A small, highly interactive, peer grant writing group that meets 10 times over the course of four months. Available for early-career, assistant professor faculty members preparing for their first K- or R-series NIH grant proposal.
This webpage from the University of Minnesota's Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) features advice, practical tips, and other information to aid in writing different types of grant proposals.
NIH's guide to application writing
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides this guide to writing an NIH grant application. Select topics of interest include:
- Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up: An online NIH training module about how to use plain language to communicate research aims and findings.
- NIH Grant Writing Tips Sheets: A selection of grant writing guides created by NIH Institutes.
NIH Division of Human Subjects Research (DHSR) Resources on Human Subjects, Clinical Trials, and Inclusion
A one-page resource to help you find the information you need as you develop your human participants grant application. In this tool you’ll find useful tips like how to use the participant-level data template, an infographic on exempt human subjects research, and a decision tool to determine if your study is considered a clinical trial.
NIH All About Grants Podcasts
The NIH Office of Extramural Research talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Episodes provide insights on a variety of topics such as Developing a Successful Grant Application, NIH Peer Review, Advice For New and Early Career Scientists, and Post-Award Activities & Requirements.
Guide to writing a successful proposal
Offers an overview of a grant proposal's components, with tips for effectively presenting your project aims, provided by the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
Includes a three-part webinar called, “Everything You Need to Know About Grant Writing” and other resources. All UMN faculty have access through the University’s institutional membership.
Write Winning NIH Grants annual seminar
Learn to write grant proposals that get funded at this annual, two-day seminar designed for investigators and staff who help support grant writing. Seminar content is geared toward NIH grants, but is applicable to other national funding agencies.
General writing resources
Center for Writing
The Center for Writing supports students and educators who practice, teach with, and research writing at the University. Select topics of interest include:
- Especially for multilingual writers: Videos and resources selected by the Center for writing to support the needs of multilingual writers.
- Quick help materials: Printable handouts and online materials addressing writing topics like grammar, punctuation, and avoiding plagiarism.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
This Purdue University website offers writing resources and instructional materials.
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