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External Resources and Sites


In addition to School and University seminars and workshops, there are multiple resources that provide general guidance for grantsmanship.  A site from NIH provides an overview that is useful for other grant applications as well:
Grant application basics:

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has an excellent set of tutorials:


Overview of Training and Career Development Mechanisms
This provides an overview of NIH training and career development mechanisms and opportunities. Several of these mechanisms are used by other DHHS agencies, such as CDC and AHRQ
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Finding a Funding Source
To find out if your research matches the mission of a funding agency take the time to review their major initiatives and strategic research agendas.  In addition, many of the funding agencies provide useful general guidance for researchers interested in submitting proposals. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
General information:

Specific strategic research agendas and plans can be accessed for each NIH Institute and Center:   Our faculty members currently have funding support from the National Institute on Aging, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute for Drug Abuse and National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  A trans-NIH initiative includes the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research:

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
General information:

CDC’s 2006-2015 Research Guide:

Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Research Agenda:

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Strategic Plan (2005-2010):

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Administration on Aging (AoA)

Administration for Children and Families (ACF):

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Department of Defense (
Department of Veterans Affairs (


Addressing National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives ( People 2010 provides an extensive overview of key public health issues for the nation and objectives that are to be met to achieve the goals of eliminating health disparities and improving quality of life.  Many DHHS funding opportunity announcements request grant applications to address how the submitted research proposal addresses these objectives. This figure displays the relationship of the national objectives with health determinants and health status.


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