U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


​​Most NIH-funded research is investigator initiated. Scientists from universities and labs around the country apply for funding for proposed projects. The NIH issues Funding Opportunities to foster interest in certain scientific areas. For more information, see the Grants & Funding section of the NIH website or contact GrantsInfo at (301) 710-0267 or GrantsInfo@od.nih.gov. For NIDDK specific opportunities, visit our Current Funding Opportunities.


Tips for Grant Seekers

  1. In order to apply to the NIH for funding, you must have an appointment at an institution (student, postdoc, instructor, professor, etc.) – NIH awards go to the ‘applicant organization,’ not individuals.
  2. See if your research falls within the NIDDK mission by viewing our Research Programs and Contacts
  3. Find the appropriate grant mechanism to support your research: 
  4. View our Current Funding Opportunities:

    Image of the current funding opportunities table with an arrow pointing to the summary link 

    Click on Summary to see due dates, an NIDDK contact, and a link to how the NIH and the NIDDK use specific grant mechanisms.
  5. Contact the program director identified in the funding opportunity.  If you’re still not sure who to contact, review our Research Programs and Contacts. ​
  6. Image of the funding opportunity light box with an arrow pointing to the NIDDK program contact 

  7. Learn more about peer review:
    • Research Training & Career Development applications are reviewed by the NIDDK, not the CSR 
    • If asked to review grants, say “Yes!”— it’s a great way to learn how to write a better application 
  8. Register 
    • In order to apply for a grant, both you and your organization need to register with grants.gov and eRA Commons.  Here is a quick guide on how to register.
    • Create your eRA Commons account at least one month before the receipt date
  9. Identify, contact, and engage appropriate colleagues who will play a role in the proposed study (e.g., co-investigators, collaborators, mentors).  Request letters of reference and support well in advance.
  10. Start writing early, and get feedback from your mentors and colleagues.  Follow the application instructions carefully, including the page limits.  Put your CV into the NIH biosketch format using the Biographical Sketch Format Page word document or PDF.
  11. Submit the completed application to your grants office according to your institution’s timeline.  Once submitted, CHECK the application online to make sure everything looks correct.  The NIH does not allow additional material to be submitted after the receipt date.​