Example Proposals

Click here for a library of successful NIH, NSF and American Heart Association proposals from UNC graduate students.

Grant Writing Resources

Dr. Henrik Dohlman has made the course materials from his popular Grant Writing course available to all students.  Click here to download it.  The 60+ page course packet contains a wealth of information about every step in the grant writing process from specific aims to citations and from project conceptualization to review. The materials are (c) 2015 by Henrik Dohlman.

The pharmaceutical company, Roche, offers an 11-page guide to writing grants.  There is an NIH focus to the manual and it can be downloaded here.

Funding databases

Below you will find links to continuously updated funding databases tailored to the needs and eligibility of UNC graduate students.

Each list is populated every time the link is clicked so it may take a moment to load.  The links are freely accessible if you are on campus. If you are not on campus you will be prompted to create a COS Pivot account, which is free if you use your UNC email address.

These saved searches are assembled by TIBBS using the COS Pivot database which contains thousands of grants and fellowships for students and researchers. You can refine these searches with your own criteria by clicking on the “Refine Search” button at the top of the COS Pivot page.  For example you could search for grant opportunities just for women, or minority students, or just in certain fields.  If you would like to receive email alerts when an opportunity in COS Pivot is updated, you can track the opportunity on your own COS Pivot account. To learn how to register for a COS Pivot account, track opportunities, and save your own searches click here or contact the Graduate Funding Information Center for assistance.

  • The Graduate Funding Information Center (GFIC) supports current and prospective UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students seeking sources of funding for independent research, collaborative projects, fellowships, program development, and other scholarly activities. They also offer workshops on identifying funding sources for graduate students.
  • The Funding Information Portal is a collection of databases and other resources selected to help UNC graduate students, faculty, and staff identify and apply for funding opportunities.
  • The Office of Extramural Research at the NIH publishes funding opportunities (RFAs and Pas) on its website.
  • Grantsnet is a free (courtesy of HHMI and AAAS), “one-stop resource to find funds for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education.” The searchable database contains programs that offer training and research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Also provides funding news and discussion forums.
  • AAAS Fellowships are available in a number of areas, from Science & Technology Policy to Homeland Security.
  • NIH RePORTER is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. It is maintained by the Office of Extramural Research at the NIH, and is free for public use.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards in Biomedical Sciences provide support ranging from $445,000 for four years to $574,000 for six years. Candidates must have completed at least twelve but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral training.
  • The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) offers a number of fellowship opportunities at the postdoctoral and predoctoral levels aimed at increasing the exposure of minorities to research fields.
  • The Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation offers three-year fellowships to encourage the theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention. Only candidates beginning their first full-time postdoctoral appointment are eligible.
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Thoracic Association
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