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What Kind of Grant is Right for Me?

One of the most inefficient methods of developing a grant application is to write it first, then look for a funding source. Only by knowing the specific requirements of the funding source can you maximize your chances of receiving an award.

A wide variety of funding opportunities are available. The quiz below is a good starting point for exploring the types of grants, contracts, and awards from the NIH for which you may be eligible.

  1. Are you a member of an underrepresented minority group?

  2. Are you at the beginning of your research career?

  3. Do you have a PhD, DSW, MD, or other terminal degree?

  4. Are you working as part of a university or research institute?

  5. Are you willing to do a period of supervised study?

  6. Are you clinically trained and interested in doing patient-oriented research?

  7. Are you interested in developing a commercial product?

  8. Are you interested in collaborating with other institutions?

  9. Would you be interested in short-term (up to 2 years) support?

  10. Are you a predoctoral student?


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