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This page provides information and helpful links pertaining to NIH funding:

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Submitting an application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - What's Next?

1) Familiarize yourself with the variety of Funding Opportunities Announcements and Types of Funding Mechanisms at NIH.

2) Find what resources are available to you.

3) Frequently Asked Questions:

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5) NIH Samples

  • Sample R01 and R21 Applications and Summary Statements

To help investigators and institutions develop successful R01 and R21 grants, the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has posted four exemplary funded R01 and six exemplary funded R21 annotated sample applications and summary statements on their web page:

R21 grants provide investigators with funding to introduce novel scientific ideas, model systems, tools, agents, targets, and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research.

Three reasons to pursue the R21:

  1. to encourage exploratory and even high-risk research
  2. to fund more mainstream applications with projects that are smaller than would be appropriate for an R01.
  3. to generate preliminary data for a future R01 (larger in scope)

If you are considering if the R21 grant is for you and a discussion of the funding mechanism's pros and cons, here are a few items to consider:

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Modular Research Grants

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Electronic Application Submission

OSP offers assistance in completing the Forms, but if you want to complete your own forms please note:

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  • requires the use of very specific Adobe Reader versions in order to open, download and save the application forms. Currently, applicants are advised to use Adobe Reader 10.1.4. Please visit the Download Software page on the web site for changes.
  • In most circumstances, a pop-up warns users if they are using the wrong Adobe Reader version. Using the wrong version could corrupt your application.
  • To find out if you have a compatiable Adobe Reader version, please visit

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