Clinical Review

Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 22, Issue 11, pp 1587-1595

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Demystifying the NIH Grant Application Process

  • Karina M. BergAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center
  • , Thomas M. GillAffiliated withYale University School of Medicine
  • , Arleen F. BrownAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, University of California at Los Angeles
  • , Judy ZerzanAffiliated withHealth Services Research & Development, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
  • , Joann G. ElmoreAffiliated withUniversity of Washington School of Medicine, Harborview Medical Center
  • , Ira B. WilsonAffiliated withInstitute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts-New England Medical CenterDepartment of Medicine, Tufts-New England Medical Center Email author 

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The process of applying to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for grant funding can be daunting. The objective of this article is to help investigators successfully navigate the NIH grant application process. We focus on the practical aspects of this process, which are commonly learned through trial and error. Our target audience is generalist faculty and fellows who are applying for NIH funding to support their career development or a clinical research project.


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