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ORDE-developed resources as well as helpful tips and tools from various funding agencies are outlined below.  




 Know Your Agency Series

The ORDE Know Your Agency Series provides agency briefs in a concise two or three page format, giving details about the agency's organization and grant competition process. We will be adding agencies, both federal and private, throughout the year. This Series is associated with our Faculty Seminar Series Know Your Agency Lunches (see Seminars tab for information on upcoming KYA Lunches).









Please let us know if you have specific agencies you would like to see us feature in this series.


 Grant Advisor Newsletter

​ORDE has purchased a subscription to the Grant Advisor Newsletter for the University Research Community. Published monthly, the newsletter highlights upcoming deadlines, gives researchers insights on key funding agencies and provides deadline listings by sponsor.

The Grant Advisor Newsletter is available from any computer on the University of Colorado Denver network and is accessible off-campus through a username and password (changed monthly by the publisher). Please contact Lynette in ORDE to automatically receive the current month's username/password combination and the Adobe Acrobat version of the newsletter (303-315-5822 or


 NIH Website Guide

​The National Institutes of Health website can be very complicated to negotiate. ORDE has developed the NIH Website Guide as an aid for researchers seeking information specific to their needs when on the NIH site.3

 NSF CAREER Award Toolkit

​The National Science Foundation's Early Career Development (CAREER) Award supports faculty members in their dual roles as educator and researcher. An eligible candidate for this award has a terminal degree, is untenured, has not received a previous NSF CAREER Award and is in a tenure-track position at a US institution of higher education at the rank of assistant professor. ORDE has published this CAREER Award Toolkit to provide comprehensive information about this program in one easy-to-negotiate location.4




 All About Grants Podcasts

The NIH Office of Extramural Research offers a series of podcasts providing insights on various grant topics from those who know the agency best - NIH staff members. Podcasts are available as MP3 files. Subscribe through ITunes or download directly from the NIH website at

 Sample NIH Applications

​The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has released sample applications for R01 and R21 grant mechanisms. These samples are funded by NIAID but are applicable to all NIH components. Reviewer comments have also been made available. Check out the sample applications complete with associated summary statements at 2

 NIAID Newsletter

​The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) offers a bi-weekly newsletter providing how-to articles, payline details, Institute priorities and answers to reader-generated questions. This newsletter is available at 3

 NIAID Strategy for NIH Funding

​NIAID offers a 7-part series detailing strategic considerations when seeking funding from the National Institutes of Health. The website is located at 4

 NIH Guide

​The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is a weekly electronic publication providing details about newly released requests for applications, program announcements and informational notices. This resource is available at 5

 NIH Peer Review Videos

​The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has produced a video pertaining to the agency's peer review process. This video shows a mock peer review session providing important insights on how the peer review process functions. This can't miss video is available at 6

 NIH Study Section Descriptions

When submitting an application to the National Institutes of Health, principal investigators often have the opportunity to request that the application be assigned to a particular Institute and study section. This request goes in the application cover letter. To determine which study section would be best suited for a project, PIs will want to review study section descriptions and membership rosters, available at  





 US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences Webinars

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) with the US Department of Education (ED) offers a series of webinars on grant writing and how to best address stated needs of specific funding programs with IES. Webinar transcripts are also available. These webinars and related transcripts are accessible at


 National Science Board Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

​Published by the National Science Board, this report provides data on US and international science and engineering efforts. Subjects covered include elementary/secondary math and science education, higher education in math and science, science and engineering labor force, research and development trends and international comparisons, academic R&D, public attitudes and understanding concerning science and technology and US State indicators. Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 is a very helpful resource when trying to gain a better understanding of the overall health of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the US to build a case for your research project.4

 NSF Broader Impacts Insights

​The National Science Foundation (NSF) has two review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. Criterion #2 seems to cause the most angst among researchers in terms of how to most effectively meet the requirements posed. NSF recently developed a new web page addressing Broader Impacts that gives researchers insights on how this review criterion has been addressed successfully by colleagues. Check these examples out.8

 National Science Foundation Merit Review Process

​The National Science Foundation (NSF) updated the merit review guidelines most recently in January 2013. A graphic overview of this process and additional information sources are available at 2

 NSF Merit Review Process Video

An entertaining 8-minute animated video explains how NSF chooses the projects they support with the assistance of experts across the nation through merit review. This video provides helpful insights on what can be a quite complicated process. Go to to see the video.


 NSF Open Government Plan 3.0

NSF has released this updated document outlining what steps the agency is taking to insure transparency in their operations including  1) making data more readily accessible to the public, 2) expanding opportunities for public input on NSF programs and policies and 3) increasing collaboration among government and private entities. One area directly related to proposal development is a discussion on readibility of funded project abstracts. Details on NSF's Open Government Plan are available at


 Office of Justice Programs Grants 101

​The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) within the US Department of Justice has put together a resource they call Grants 101. This resource takes new and current investigators through the agency's grants process and includes information on the life of a grant, how to apply and what to expect from the application review process. OJP also supplies a Toolkit with sample materials, the OJP Financial GUide, procurement information, an application checklist and a sample program narrative checklist. Grants 101 is available at 3

 PCORI Webinar Series

​The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) offers a webinar series defining patient centered outcomes research and the research efforts supported by PCORI. Access these webinars at

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