One of the most difficult processes in research, regardless of what stage you are at in your career can be writing a scientific proposal. The research staff in the Department of Orthopaedics is always available to provide guidance to any researcher writing a proposal to submit for orthopaedic research.
Below you can find a few resources that can help guide your way to a successful proposal.
National Institute of Health
- NIH Guide to Writing Your Application: This guide from the NIH teaches how to write a strong application, provides insight into the criteria used by reviewers, and reviews various section of an NIH application. It also includes information on developing a budget, formatting attachments, and preparing a biosketch.
- Health Sciences Library Research Hub: Librarians at UNC’s Health Sciences Library can provide data management support, guidance, and referrals. They can also provide in-person consultations about your research, instruction or training for teams and classes, and consultation in research-related workshops or events.
- Office of Research Development: UNC’s Office of Research Development links out to multiple resources focused on research and proposal development, including general grant writing tips and resources for assembling federal grants.
- NCTraCS Proposal Development: NCTraCS staff are available to assist investigators in each phase of the grant writing process, including identifying funding sources, providing editorial support, proposal review and grant application training.
- TraCSTAR (TraCS Template Application Resource): TraCSTAR is a searchable database containing examples of successful grant applications from UNC investigators for multiple mechanisms and funding agencies. The database is searchable by funding agency, NIH Institute/Center, grant mechanism and keyword.
- Funding Information Portal: The Funding Information Portal is a shared resource maintained by the Graduate Funding Information Center and the Office of Research Development. Resources are arranged by category, including funding opportunities, applying for opportunities and implementing research.
- The Anatomy of a Specifics Aims Page: The Specific Aims section is the most important part of any NIH grant application. This article provides tips on structure, content and organization of a Specific Aims page to help you grab the attention of your reviewer.