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Funder Tool Kits: NIH


This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and OR Research Development Team.




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FIND INFORMATION: News, Funding Opportunities, and Past Awards

NIH Strategic Plan

NIH proposes a Grant Support Index to limit the number of grants awarded to an individual investigator. See announcement and background blog post for more information.

NIH Extramural Nexus - NIH News blog from the NIH Office of Extramural Research.

NIH News Releases - All news releases from NIH.

NIH Social Media & Outreach - All social media feeds from NIH.

NIH Early Career Reviewer Opportunities - Information about becoming an Early Career Reviewer (ECR) from ECRs who have served on NIH Peer Review study sections.

NIH Review:

Peer Review Videos from NIH's Center for Scientific Review

Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review (Power Point Files) - The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has hosted a series of Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review in November 2016. They were designed to give different groups of applicants useful insights into the application submission and peer review processes. These webinars focus on R01, R15, and SBIR/STTR grants as well as fellowship awards.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts - A summary of all NIH Guide announcements published during the week. An index of all announcements is also available.

NIH Workshops - The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) maintains a resource of seminars and training on NIH programs and funding.

NIH YouTube Channel - This channel provides information about the NIH application submission process, the eRA, NIH review process, and much more.

NCBI Learn - The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) creates a variety of educational material including courses, workshops, webinars, training materials and documentation.

NIH All About Grants Podcasts - The OER talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process.

Pivot database (DHHS/NIH saved search) - find, track, and share current/anticipated funding opportunities

NIH Guide to Contracts and Grants (NIH search) - Browse current/forecasted NIH funding opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities:

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RePORT Search -  All UCF Awards, or Create New Search

NIH Success Rates - A variety of reports on Success Rates, from NIH.

NIH Funding Facts - Success rates, # awarded, avg. amount, total applications

NIH Funding Estimates - Funding for Research, Condition, and Disease Categories

NIH Data Book - summary statistics on extramural grants and contract awards, grant applications, organizations NIH supports, trainees and fellows supported through NIH programs, and the national biomedical workforce. 

Sample Funded NIH Awards - Full Applications 

FOIA Request Information (NIH)

The OR Research Development team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact Research Development for more information.

PLAN YOUR PROPOSAL: Guidance and Resources

NIH Grant Basics

NIH Grant Types - Listing of all NIH activity codes with brief overview descriptions

NIH Grants Process Overview - An overview of steps required for an application to proceed from planning and submission through award and closeout

NIH How to Apply Application Guide

NIH Proposal Writing Guide with Grant Writing Tips - Guidance from NIH OER on grant writing 

Cover Letters and their Appropriate Use - Guidance from NIH OER

Nursing Grant Writing Guide - A UCF Guide with grant writing resources that are of particular value to faculty researchers in the UCF College of Nursing

NIH R15 AREA (required eligibility letter) - For eligible faculty interested in the R15 AREA grant, a signed letter is required by the Provost verifying the eligibility of the applicant and institution at the time of submission.  The Research Development team is the designated point of contact for requesting and securing this letter. Please contact Research Development for more information and details required for the letter.

NIH Sharing Policies and Related Guidance on NIH-Funded Research Resources

NIH Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guidance

Sample Model Organisms Sharing Plans – Simple;  Mice;  Complex

UCF Library Support - The UCF library maintains a Data Management Research Guide. You can schedule a consultation to meet with a librarian for an in-depth one on one consultation specific to your research topic.

  • Crafting the Data Management Plan - led by Lee Dotson
  • DMP Tool - Create, review, and share DMPs that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMP Tool Blog and Webinar Series provide helpful guidance.
  • STARS - UCF researchers are eligible to submit materials to STARS, a university-wide digital repository hosted on the Digital Commons platform (a comprehensive hosted solution for storing, managing, and sharing data). Click here to visit the researcher portion of the FAQs for STARS.
  • - The Registry of Research Data Repositories is a tool for helping identify and locate online repositories of research data. 

DRAFT YOUR PROPOSAL: Section Instructions and Templates

This guide provides quick-reference information and templates for required sections in NIH proposals (refer to RFP for special requirements), based on SF424 (R&R) - Forms Version H

The OR Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, reviews, and more. Visit our website for more information.


NIH Point of Contact at UCF

This point of contact is very familiar with NIH  priorities/processes and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.

Research Development
Office of Research
University of Central Florida

Additionally, information on Office of Research points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at 

Support from UCF Librarians

Citation Management

Data Management Plans

Publishing & Author Rights

STARS - Data Hosting

Support across the Research Lifecycle

Literature Review (select by subject from the list below):

General Proposal Support from Research Development Team

Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The OR Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.

Find Potential Collaborators

Find potential collaborators with the PIVOT Database - Run a search  or View tutorials

Find scholarship resulting from NIH Awards by using the Web of Science View tutorial or Search now

See UCF awardees via NIH RePORT Active Awards or All Awards

The OR Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF. Visit our website for more information.