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Several NIAID investigators have graciously agreed to share their exceptional applications and summary statements as samples to help the research community. Below the list of applications, you’ll also find example forms, sharing plans, letters, emails, and more. Find more guidance at NIAID’s Apply for a Grant .
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Find sample applications and summary statements below by type:
- Research grants. R01 , R03 , R15 , R21 , and R21/R33
- Small business grants. R41, R42, R43, and R44
- Training and career awards. K01 , K08 , and F31
- Extramural Associate Research Development Award. G11
- Cooperative agreements. U01
Find additional resources in the NIAID and NIH Sample Forms, Plans, Letters, Emails, and More section.
R01 sample applications and summary statements.
The R01 is the NIH standard independent research project grant. An R01 is meant to give you four or five years of support to complete a project, publish, and reapply before the grant ends. Read more at NIAID’s Comparing Popular Research Project Grants: R01, R03, and R21 .
R01 Samples Using Forms Version D
R01 samples using forms version c, r03 sample applications and summary statements.
The small grant (R03) supports new research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. They are awarded for up to two years and are not renewable. R03s are not intended for new investigators. Read more at NIAID’s Comparing Popular Research Project Grants: R01, R03, and R21 .
R15 Sample Applications and Summary Statements
The Research Enhancement Award (R15) program supports small-scale research projects to expose students to research and strengthen the research environment at educational institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH support. They are awarded for up to three years.
R21 Sample Applications and Summary Statements
The R21 funds novel scientific ideas, model systems, tools, agents, targets, and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. R21s are not intended for new investigators, and there is no evidence that they provide a path to an independent research career. Read more at NIAID’s Comparing Popular Research Project Grants: R01, R03, and R21 .
R21/R33 Sample Application and Summary Statement
The R21/R33 supports a two-phased award without a break in funding. It begins with the R21 phase for milestone-driven exploratory or feasibility studies with a possible transition to the R33 phase for expanded development. Transition to the second phase depends on several factors, including the achievement of negotiated milestones.
Small Business Grants
R41, r42, r43, and r44 – small business sample applications.
The SBIR (R43/R44) and STTR (R41/R42) programs support domestic small businesses to engage in research and development with the potential for commercialization. Read more about NIAID Small Business Programs .
*Dr. Mark Poritz submitted the original grant application. In the course of the first year of funding, Dr. Andrew Hemmert took on increasing responsibility for the work. For the grant renewal, Dr. Poritz proposed that Dr. Hemmert replace him as the PI.
Training and Career Awards
K01 sample applications and summary statements.
The Research Scientist Development Award (K01) supports those with a research or health-professional doctoral degree and research development plans in epidemiology, computational modeling, or outcomes research. Read more about NIAID Career Development Awards (K) .
K08 Sample Applications and Summary Statements
The Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) supports those with current work in biomedical or behavioral research, including translational research, a clinical doctoral degree such as M.D., D.V.M., or O.D., and a professional license to practice in the United States. Read more about NIAID Career Development Awards (K) .
F31 Sample Applications and Summary Statements
National Research Service Award (NRSA) individual fellowship (F31) grants provide research experience to predoctoral scientists. Read more about NIAID Fellowship Grants (F) .
G11 Sample Applications and Summary Statements
The Extramural Associate Research Development Award (EARDA) (G11) provides funds to institutions eligible to participate in the NIH Extramural Associates Program for establishing or enhancing an office of sponsored research and for other research infrastructure needs. Search for NIAID G11 Opportunities .
U01 Sample Application and Summary Statement
The U01 research project cooperative agreement supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project for investigators to perform in their areas of specific interest and competency. Learn more about NIAID Cooperative Agreements (U) .
NIAID and NIH Sample Forms, Plans, Letters, Emails, and More
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- Simple Model Organisms Sharing Plan
- Sample Letter to Document Training in the Protection of Human Subjects
- Withdrawal of an Application Sample Form Letter
- Sample Just-in-Time Email From NIH
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- Preparing for a Foreign Organization System (FOS) Review
- Subaward Agreement Forms from the Federal Demonstration Partnership
- DMID Quality Management Guidance and Tools
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- Sample Implementation Science Research Applications
- K99/R00 Sample Applications
- Annotated SF 424 Grant Application Forms
- Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples
- Reference Letters
- Sample Data Tables for Training Grant Applications
- Additional Senior/Key Person Profile Format – for over 100 senior/key people
- Additional Performance Site Format – for over 300 performance sites
- Other Support Format Page
- Scientific Rigor Examples
- Authentication Plan Examples
- Examples of Data Sharing Plans
- Examples of Project Leadership Plans for Multiple PI Grant Applications
- Example calculations in the Usage of Person Months questions and answers
- Examples of Allowable Appendix Materials
- Sample Project Outcomes Description for RPPR
- Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS)
- Sample Animal Study Proposal
A program officer in your area of science can give you application advice, NIAID's perspective on your research, and confirmation that NIAID will accept your application.
Find contacts and instructions at When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer .
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- How to Apply - Application Guide
- Samples: Applications, Attachments, and Other Documents
Samples: Applications, Attachments, and other Documents
If you are new to writing grant applications, sometimes seeing how someone else has presented their idea can help as you are developing your own application. With the gracious permission of successful investigators, some institutes have provided samples of funded applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more.
When referencing these resources, it is important to remember:
- These applications were developed using the application forms and instructions that were in effect at the time of their submission. Forms and instructions change regularly and may not be available for every form version. Read and carefully follow the instructions in the funding opportunity announcement to which you are responding and the current application instructions carefully.
- The best way to present your science may differ substantially from the approach taken by those who wrote the example applications. Seek feedback on your draft application from mentors and others.
- Talk to an NIH program officer in your area of science for advice about the best type of grant program and the Institute or Center that might be interested in your idea.
- Samples are not available for all grant programs. Many programs have common elements and the available samples can still provide helpful information.
- K99/R00: Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00)
- NIA Small Business Sample Applications (SBIR Phase 1/Phase 2/Fast-Track, STTR Phase I/Phase II/Fast-Track)
- Data Management and Sharing Plan Samples
- Scientific Rigor Examples
- Authentication Plan Examples
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Sample Grant Applications
Preparing a stellar grant application is critical to securing research funding from NIDCD. On this page you will find examples of grant applications and summary statements from NIDCD investigators who have graciously shared their successful submissions to benefit the research community.
You can find more details about the NIDCD grants process from application to award on our How to Apply for a Grant, Research Training, or Career Development Funding page.
For more examples of applications for research grants, small business grants, training and career awards, and cooperative agreements, please visit Sample Applications & More on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website.
Always follow your funding opportunity’s specific instructions for application format. Although these samples demonstrate stellar grantsmanship, time has passed since these applications were submitted and the samples may not reflect changes in format or instructions.
The application text is copyrighted. You may use it only for nonprofit educational purposes provided the document remains unchanged and the researcher, the grantee organization, and NIDCD are all credited.
Section 508 compliance and accessibility: We have reformatted these sample applications to improve accessibility for people with disabilities and users of assistive technology. If you have trouble accessing the content, please contact the NIDCD web team .
Research Project Grants (R01): Sample Applications and Summary Statements
Investigator-initiated Research Project Grants (R01) make up the largest single category of support provided by NIDCD and NIH. The R01 is considered the traditional grant mechanism. These grants are awarded to organizations on behalf of an individual (a principal investigator, or PI) to facilitate pursuit of a research objective in the area of the investigator's research interests and competence.
Leora R. Cherney, Ph.D., & Allen Walter Heinemann, Ph.D.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago "Defining trajectories of linguistic, cognitive-communicative and quality of life outcomes in aphasia"
- Full Application (5.59MB PDF)
- Summary Statement (336KB PDF)
Stavros Lomvardas, Ph.D.
Columbia University Health Sciences "Principles of zonal olfactory receptor gene expression"
- Full Application (6.37MB PDF)
- Summary Statement (183KB PDF)
Rene H. Gifford, Ph.D., & Stephen Mark Camarata, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center "Image-guided cochlear implant programming: Pediatric speech, language, and literacy"
- Full Application (9.63MB PDF)
- Summary Statement (485KB PDF)
Early Career Research (ECR) R21 Awards: Sample Applications and Summary Statements
The NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) R21 Award supports both basic and clinical research from scientists who are beginning to establish an independent research career. The research must be focused on one or more of NIDCD's scientific mission areas . The NIDCD ECR Award R21 supports projects including secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; translational research; outcomes research; and development of new research technology. The intent of the NIDCD ECR Award R21 is for the program director(s)/principal investigator(s) to obtain sufficient preliminary data for a subsequent R01 application.
Ho Ming Chow, Ph.D.
University of Delaware “Neural markers of persistence and recovery from childhood stuttering: An fMRI study of continuous speech production”
- Full Application (7.64MB PDF)
- Summary Statement (736KB PDF)
Brian B. Monson, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Auditory experience during the prenatal and perinatal period"
- Full Application (3.74MB PDF)
- Summary Statement (525KB PDF)
Elizabeth A. Walker, Ph.D.
University of Iowa “Mechanisms of listening effort in school age children who are hard of hearing”
- Full Application (10.2MB PDF)
- Summary Statement (622KB PDF)
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