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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides the greatest amount of public funding in the world for biomedical research. Annual NIH funding is approximately $41.7 billion, and has an extraordinary impact on a national and global scale, particularly for inclusively increasing the quality and length of life for people from a diverse set of backgrounds.

For over a century, NIH scientists have paved the way for important discoveries that improve health and save lives. There are 156 Nobel Prize winners who have received support from NIH. Their studies have led to the development of MRI, understanding of how viruses can cause cancer, insights into cholesterol control, and knowledge of how our brain processes visual information, among dozens of other advances.

NIH advertises availability of grant support through funding opportunity announcements. Researchers can review tips to help understand the fine print and the various types of funding announcements.

Clarification for the significant amount of acronyms and unfamiliar terms used throughout all the institutes and centers.

Allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding. Having perspective on the researchers proposed NIH R&D program requires significant awareness of previous, related work, and identifying the appropriate institutes or centers for proposal submission.

Review sample proposals for funding and clarification of the proposal submission, review, and funding process. Excellent resource for guidance starting an NIH proposal.

Provides researchers additional information on organization, institutes, principal investigators, locations, and types of funding mechanisms that have been awarded since 1992. Critical for situational awareness and following competition.

Trainees, graduate students, post-docs, or faculty in the early stages of their career, may be interested in watching presentations from the 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. In the video, NIH leaders offer a variety of tips for junior investigators and discuss funding targets for early state investigators, getting that second R01, and more.

The iTHRIV Scholar Career Development Program aims to train the next generation of translational researchers in principles of data science and the conduct of rigorous and reproducible science, while also promoting team science as a means to enhance innovation and discovery in health-related research. During this program, researchers are taught how to write and win NIH proposals. This program is supported by Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion.