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Funding Search Tools

Grants.gov provides central access to more than 1,000 different grant programs across all 26 federal grant-making agencies that award more than $500 billion annually.

Spin is the world's largest database of sponsored funding opportunities. Spin has the ability to conduct customized searches based on an investigator’s profile, save searches, and create funding alerts.

K Kiosk
The NIH K Kiosk lists career development awards for investigators with research doctorates or health-professional doctorate degrees (e.g., medical, dental, nursing).

UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) Funding Opportunity Resources
There are a number of funding opportunity resources available to UCLA community members including SPIN, which offers a wide-ranging funding opportunities database with over 40,000 programs from more than 10,000 unique sponsors. Visit SPIN or view their Quick User Guide.

UCLA Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations
The Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations (CFRR) team in Health Sciences Development is here to support investigators in establishing and strengthening relationships with private institutional funders. CFRR's goal is to increase the amount of funding received by UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from corporations and foundations in order to advance faculty-initiated projects, departmental priorities, and the university mission.

Bio Fund, a non-NIH Funding Database
UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine have created a non-NIH funding database as a tool for biomedical researchers. The health care system is actively compiling non-NIH funding sources and aggregating them into an easily accessible database. An extensive collection of over 1000+ funding opportunities is now available. A user may customize searches based on keyword, sponsor name, disease area, etc. While we encourage faculty to go after NIH funding, this database will allow users to quickly review other resources and/or partnerships available within their research scope. While there are several databases available nationally, none seem to target biomedical research specifically. Many institutions are reliant on email notifications, newsletters of upcoming deadlines and/or relationships based on past awards. This database makes the information available up to a year in advance. The database is easy to use and every entry has an external website link directly to the source information. 

General Grant-Writing Tips

K Grant-Writing Tips

K-to-R Grant-Writing Tips

NIH Application Guide

NIH Biosketch Writing Tips

NIH Resources 

Helpful Checklists and Links

Webinar: NIH Biosketch Writing Tips
Learn more about the requirements and recommendations when creating an NIH Biosketch, including updated rules for 2015 and 2016. The below video addresses the following:

  1. Overview of 2015 and 2016 changes
  2. Techniques for strengthening your biosketch (senior and junior investigators)
  3. Administrative components
  4. URL overview

NIH Resources and Grant-Writing Tips

NIH Rigor and Transparency

NIH Resources 

Additional Resources

  • Click here to access University of California, Irvine's NIH Requirements for Authentication of Biological and/or Chemical Resources presentation. The 2016 presentation addresses:
    • a guideline for the types of biological and chemical resources that might require validation as required by new requirements for NIH grant applications
    • a list of validation tests to consider for each resource
    • a collection of feedback from NIH reviewers
  • Click here to access University of Colorado School of Medicine's New NIH Requirements for 2016 Grant Proposals presentation. The presentation addresses:
    • the timeline of recent and upcoming NIH changes for 2016
    • rigor and transparency
    • vertebrate animals
    • a summary of other recent changes
  • Click here to access University of Rochester Medical Center CTSI's Rigor, Transparency and Reproducibility presentation. The 2016 presentation addresses:
    • rigor
      • scientific premise
    • reproducibility
      • quality system in your lab
    • transparency
    • robust and unbiased results
      • sex factored into design
    • authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources
      • New attachment

NIH Vertebrate Animals

NIH Resources 

Additional Resources

  • Click here to access University of Colorado School of Medicine's New NIH Requirements for 2016 Grant Proposals presentation. The presentation addresses:
    • the timeline of recent and upcoming NIH changes for 2016
    • rigor and transparency
    • vertebrate animals
    • a summary of other recent changes

Responsible Conduct of Research

The following boilerplate is intended for people who have taken or plan to take the UCLA course, M261 "Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Humans":

As a __(insert)__ trainee, I plan to take a course in the responsible conduct of research. The main UCLA course, entitled “Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Humans” (M261), is a didactic course of 20 hours taught over one quarter with expert faculty members leading discussions in a particular topic area. Students are expected to read course materials and actively participate in classroom discussions of relevant case scenarios. Topics covered include Responsible Conduct of Research, Professionalism and the Ethical Imperatives of Clinical Research, Protection of Research Subjects-- the IRB process, Managing the Practice of Research, Conflicts of Interest, Genetics and Stem Cell Research, Community and International Research, Misconduct, and Conflicts of Interest.

To build upon the above training, I will continue my responsible conduct of research training with my mentor, __(insert)__, while actively conducting my research project. My mentor will meet with me on a __(insert)__ basis and there will be additional collaborative meetings with colleagues to address specific related research topics. Some of those topics will include authorship, sharing of data, and data management.

The UCLA CTSI is strongly committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in research endeavors and ensures all investigators, research staff, and students are educated and remain current in “best practices” in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. The comprehensive mentoring and training activities in this area will thoroughly prepare me to accomplish the proposed research and educational training activities during the period of this award and into the future as I renew such training every four years.

(optional content) Other formats include both on-line and in-person opportunities for education. The CITI training platform for the Responsible Conduct of Research includes both a UCLA-specific RCR course as well as the CITI-provided course. Through an on-line training environment, University constituents self-identify for most of their required research training needs. The UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the Health System Office of Compliance offer seminar series, covering topics such as “Protecting Encryption Research Data” and “Obtaining and Documenting Informed Consent” to which all trainees are invited.

UCLA's Commonly Needed Information

The UCLA Office of Contract and Grant Administration has compiled a helpful guide which lists commonly needed items for grant applications. View this helpful list here.

UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research: Research Enhancement Materials

Research Enhancement Materials and Events Archive

This series provides information, presentations, and materials for events related to proposal development, resources to facilitate research at UCLA, handouts, and more.

The Research Enhancement series is a component of UCLA Grand Challenges. For information or to propose topics for future events, please contact us: grandchallenges@ucla.edu

NIH templates

For assistance with writing animal research into a grant proposal, see the NIH Vertebrate Animals Template.