Research and Sponsored Programs

Proposal Development Resources by Agency

The links below contain agency-specific resources for developing your proposal. Template documents (budget justifications, etc.) are also available on our list of Sponsor Templates.

Note: Agency and funding opportunity requirements and deadlines may change from year to year. The resources below are not a substitute for official agency guidance. Always consult the relevant solicitation/funding opportunity announcement for the most up-to-date requirements.




  • Biosketch Instructions: Please note the updated changes for applications submitted on/after January 25, 2022 (see NOT-OD-21-073 and NOT-OD-21-110).  
  • NIH Grant Writing Tip Sheet: NIH guidance on application preparation, including general review criteria. 
  • NIH Review Criteria at a Glance 
  • R15 FAQs: published by the NIH 
  • Contacting an NIH Program Officer: NIH blog post containing information and tips on how and when to contact a program officer. 
  • Criterion Scores, Impact Score, and Funding Outcomes: A 2016 NIH blog post summarizing an internal analysis of predictors of funding. Contains useful information about the relative significance of individual application components to funding success. 
  • RePORTER: A database of projects funded by the NIH and its centers and institutes, searchable by mechanism, agency/institute/center, PI, and other criteria. 
  • Sample Applications: NIH page containing links to samples of funded proposals submitted to several NIH institutes. 
  • R-Series "Cheat Sheets:" Quick guides with an overview of key information about NIH R-series grant proposals. Prepared by UToledo Proposal Development. (These documents are not substitutes for the full instructions provided in the SF424(R&R) or individual FOAs.)



Last Updated: 11/14/22