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Grant Writing Resources

The CTSI’s Research Navigator Program is available to assist grant writers in all phases of grant preparation. Contact us by clicking on the Research Help Desk button at the bottom of the page.

Responsible Conduct of Research Boilerplate Language

How to Write a Specific Aims Page

The following document provides some guidance for writing effective specific aims pages.

Tips for Writing Specific Aims

The following website provides a sample method for writing a specific aims page.

The Anatomy of a Specific Aims Page by Michelle, S., PhD at Bioscience writers.

Rigor and Reproducibility Guidelines

Letters of Support

Please use the following process and template to obtain a letter of support from the CTSI.

  1. Download the current template Letter of Support with instructions.
  2. Modify the template with your project-specific information.
  3. Email your drafted letter of support along with your specific aims page to
  4. Research Help will work with you to create a final version of the letter for review and signature by a CTSI director.

Note: If your grant involves use of the CTSA Network for multicenter investigations, you need to provide a full copy of the grant. If there are particular requirements that the letter should address, please let us know.

Human Subjects Protection Plan

The NIH Office of Extramural Research has a website with tools to help you determine if your research is human subject research and guidelines on what to put in your grant application. Visit A questionnaire tool to determine if you are doing human subjects research can be found here. A pdf that has more information for investigators completing an application can be found on the webpage here. Click “Application Instructions.”

Please contact the Research Help Desk at for help with your Human Subjects Protection Plan or to receive examples from real grant applications.

NIH Grant Writing Resources

Write your application - The NIH Office of Extramural Research has tools to help you complete your application.

Page Limits - The NIH Office of Extramural Research has a table of page limits for different types of grants.

Generic Training Grant Materials

The Office of Graduate Education maintains a Sharepoint site for NRSA training grant writers. It includes institutional information needed for training grant applications, samples of training grant narratives, sample letters of support, and a wealth of other helpful information. Visit the site by clicking here.

Guidance for Biosketches and Other Support Pages

NIH Biosketch instructions and samples


Making Your Words Count Twice - Writing Compactly For The New NIH Format

CTSA Grant Applications

URMC Research Resources