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Writing in the Health Sciences: Grant Writing

Grant Writing

The main objective of writing a grant proposal is to secure funding for a specific purpose or goal. Typically, grant writing is an application to receive funding for a project or organization that does not need to be paid back. 

Resources for Grant Writing

Anatomy and Art of Writing a Successful Grant Application: A Practical Step-by-Step Approach: Gholipour et al. (2014) provide a practical overview of grant writing, as well as a list of resources that are particularly useful.

Center for Rural Health's Grant Writing Toolkit ( toolkit provides the information, resources, and materials needed to write and submit a grant proposal.

Introduction to Grant Writing: Purdue Owl's Guide to Grant Writing in the Sciences

Grant writing Checklist for Research Proposals: Checklist adapted from NIH requirements.

Grant Proposals (or Give me the money!) – The Writing Center • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (

Fundamentals of Grant Writing for Public Health: Presentation by Stephen Notaro and Diane Smith, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Grant Finding Databases and Websites

Centers for Disease Control - Grants: Funding opportunities from CDC.

Grants.Gov:  A centralized, searchable database of more than 1,000 different grant programs across federal grant-making agencies awarding more than $500 billion annually.

NY/NJ Area Common Application: Philanthropy New York and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG) spearheaded a project to develop common application and report forms to help streamline the grant application process and ease the time-consuming grant preparation process. The four-page application format includes directions for use, a sample cover sheet, and the common grant proposal guidelines.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 2010.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Grants Find funding opportunities that support programs for substance use disorders and mental illness, and learn about the grant application, review, and management process.


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