NIH Grant and Application Resources

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports medical research that improves health and saves lives. The resources below are intended to assist AACOM membership with preparing successful NIH grant applications and increasing federal research engagement.

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Prioritizing Osteopathic Research Opportunities

As osteopathic medical schools continue to grow and educate increasing numbers of students across the country, AACOM supports fully integrating osteopathic medicine into the nation’s federal research infrastructure. AACOM is committed to working to ensure the availability of grant funding from NIH and other sources to advance scholarly research. See AACOM's research policy priorities.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH consists of 27 institutes and centers, each with grant and contract opportunities. It is important to understand these institutes’ missions and focus in seeking funding to support your research. 

View the full list of NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

NIH Application Preparation and Guidance

NIH Grants Basics 
Review to better understand NIH’s overall structure, eligibility, and how to prepare a competitive application.

Plan Your Application 
Learn about tips and strategies for best organizing your NIH grant application.

NIH Grants vs Contracts 
Learn how contracts and grants differ to determine which is best aligned with your research needs.

NIH Forms and Applications Library
View all forms necessary to apply for, administer, and report on your grant.

RePORT Tool 
The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools website provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH-supported research.

Receive NIH Alerts and Resources

NIH COVID-19 Information and Resources
Sign up to receive COVID-19 updates from NIH and access information for NIH grant applicants and recipients.

Open Mike Blog 
Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, offers advice on how to connect your goals with the NIH perspective.

NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts 
Stay up to date with the NIH’s available grants and contracts through this resource, which enables researchers to filter funding opportunities by organization, type of funding, date, and more.

NIH News and Events 
Remain in the loop on all the current news related to the NIH and all its activities centered around the grants process.

NIH OER Outreach Vehicles 

Follow NIH social media pages and subscribe to NIH Listservs to consistently receive updates pertaining to NIH funding.


NIH Award Highlights

If you have a federal research project supported by the NIH that you would like to feature on this web page or in the Washington Insider, please email Christine DeCarlo at cdecarlo@aacom.org.

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