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New Investigator Resources


Find below a compilation of internal and external resources available to new investigators seeking grantsmanship training and support in finding funding, writing grant applications, building research teams, disseminating findings, and more.

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Grant Lab Chats

Grant Lab Chats is a "bite-size" grantsmanship series where each 30-minute session features a brief presentation on a finding funding or proposal development tip or resource, followed by Q&A with attendees. These events usually occur the 2nd Friday of each month from 12:15-12:45pm. *SIGN UP FOR ZOOM LINK:



"Lunch & Learn" Workshop Series

An annual Lunch & Learn series of 1-hour workshops (beginning each year in January) provides an introduction to grant writing basics. See this year's schedule and register to attend the workshops here. To access past workshop materials online, follow the instructions below on how to access the NSU Grant Education course on Canvas.

New Faculty Orientation (hosted by DoR)

The Grant Writing Lab and Office of Sponsored Programs provide a New Faculty Orientation for researchers annually (typically in the Fall) to discuss the key steps and contacts for finding and submitting a grant at NSU. For inquiries, please email New faculty are automatically invited to this event each year.)

Grant Writing Mentoring Program

Sponsored by the NSU Grant Writing Lab and Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Grant Writing Mentoring Program pairs early stage researchers with established researchers to write and submit a grant application by the end of the approximately year-long program period.

"NSU Grant Education" Canvas Course

Grant training is available on-demand to NSU faculty and professional staff members on Canvas in a course called NSU Grant Education. Topics include finding funding, proposal writing, grant budgets, success with specific funders (e.g., NIH and DoD), reviewer panel, resubmission advice, post-award management, and others. Email to be added to this course. (Note: New faculty are automatically invited to this course each year in January.)

How to Access "NSU Grant Education" on Canvas:

  1. Go to, which will take you to Canvas
  2. Select "NSU Grant Education" from your list of courses
  3. From the left-side menu, click on "Modules"
  4. Here you can view the "Lunch & Learn" topics and access the PPTs, materials, and recordings from last year's sessions

Access curated funding opportunities from the "NSU Funding Alerts" dropdown here:


Finding Funding Resources:


Internal NSU Grant Competitions:

  • President's Research Grant (PRG; previously called PFRDG): Annual competition with awards up to $15,000 (deadline typically in January/February) to provide seed money for a new research area or to support other scholarly research projects.
  • Quality of Life (QOL) Grant: Annual competition for funding up to $15,000 (deadline typically in January/February) to support research projects that aim to improve the quality of life in the Tri-County area (Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach Counties).
  • Health Professions Division (HPD) Research Grant: A monthly competition with grants up to $7,500 (for up to 2 years) to help investigators initiate projects that will lead to extramural funding. The Principal Investigator must have a primary appointment within the Health Professions Division at NSU. More information about the program can be found here and here.


Apply for Early-Career, HSI, and Research-Emerging Institution Grants:

*Find many more from foundations, professional societies, and more using the "Finding Funding Databases" below!


Finding Funding Databases:

  • SPIN - Multidisciplinary grant funding search engine. (This replaces the Pivot funding database.)
  • Foundation Directory Online - Grant search engine accessible within the Alvin Sherman Library building. Provides information about foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; corporate funders; recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.
  • GetEdFunding- hosts a collection of more than 2,000 grants and opportunities culled from federal, state, regional and community sources and its available to public and private, preK-12 schools, districts and educators, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations that work with them. 
  • Federal RePORTER (now called USA Spending) is a searchable database of scientific awards from federal agencies.
  • The RePORTER database is available to all public users.>
  • NIH Matchmaker is a tool for finding similar NIH Projects.
  • Duke University site provides an extensive searchable database for funding.
  • provides access to a search engine for federally funded grants and access to applications.
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provides access to a list of funding resources; some may require a subscription.

Proposal Templates & Guides

Click below to access grant proposal templates and guides for NIH, FL DOH, NSF and DoD as well as general grant writing and funder resources.



Grant Writing Laboratory ("Grant Lab")

For one-on-one support in finding funding and proposal development assistance, including feedback on grant application drafts, contact the NSU Grant Writing Manager, Melanie Bauer (


Office of Sponsored Programs

For assistance in the preparation, budget development, and submission of your proposal, contact your Grant Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) by visiting and clicking on the “OSP Staff by College” dropdown. *All proposals must be submitted through OSP. NSU’s policies on proposal preparation are located at


Other NSU Resources

An excellent way to gain insights into a particular funder or funding opportunity, as well as what makes a "good" and "bad" grant proposal, is to volunteer to serve as a grant reviewer. Many federal agencies are in constant need of grant reviewers and are keen to engage early-career researchers in this process.


Find below links with information on how to serve on a grant review panel at each of the below agencies (*if a link is dead, try searching the agency name along with "grant or peer reviewer" in Google):

Below are resources that can help you find research collaborators to expand your team's expertise.


Browse Researcher Profiles

  • Internal NSU Database: Some NSU colleges have researcher profiles in Selected Works, which you can search by research interests and using other search terms
  • Florida ExpertNet: Search for researchers from public FL universities by keyword, discipline, or institution
  • ResearchGate: Sign up for free and search for researchers around the world


Collaboration Resources (provided by NIH)

The NSU library has guidance on data management here, including how to use our institutional repository NSU Works to store data for free and make it publicly available (contact to learn more).


Find information on data security in the "NSU Institutional Information" document.

There is support at NSU for many stages in writing up research results for publication:

  • Literature review: A library guide for conducting literature reviews is available here, and you can request a consult to conduct a literature search by contacting your college's assigned librarian.
  • Publishing guidance: A library guide to publishing is available here, and your college's assigned librarian can also provide guidance on impact factor and strategizing around findings dissemination.
  • Manuscript review: Contact Kevin Dvorak ( in the NSU Writing and Communication Center for copy editing-type review of your manuscript. This may be especially helpful for researchers for whom English is a non-native language.


Find many additional library resources for conducting research here and here.

Find a research and career mentor in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or social sciences through the National Research Mentoring Network.


Find many library resources for conducting research here and here, including data management, citation management, publishing guidance, creating presentations/posters, and more!

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