National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH proposal resources

Your guide to writing successful NIH proposals

This page is a guide to National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposals. The NIH, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, was founded in 1887 and is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. NIH comprises 27 Institutes and Centers or ICs, each with its own mission and priorities; 24 ICs receive separate funding, which it allocates to grants independently. PIs should identify which IC might be interested in their research. NIH’s programs are organized by activity codes. The main types of grant funding include Research Grants (R series), Career Development Awards (K series), Research Training Grants and Fellowships (T & F series), Program Project/Center Grants (P series), Resource Grants, and Trans-NIH Programs.

The links below direct you to specific webpages and resources relevant to preparing an NIH proposal or provide access to guides/templates for supplementary documents.

Resources and samples

Grants process overview

NIH’s website describes all required steps in preparing an NIH proposal.

Review NIH website

NIH checklist

Use ASU Research Administration’s checklist to ensure that you submit your proposal successfully.

Review checklist


Use this tool on the NIH RePORTER website to find relevant funding opportunities based on your research interests.

Find opportunities

Virtual courses

Learn more about courses on NIH grantsmanship from the Bouvier Grant Group, freely accessible to all ASU faculty, staff, and students.

Learn more

Data Management and Sharing Plan

Use this document to find links and resources for developing a high-quality DMS Plan.

Download DMP guide

Sample proposal documents

Browse our library of sample proposal documents.

Browse samples