Course Goals

  • Understand what it means to be ready to write an NIH grant. 
  • Understand the components of a K/R grant.
  • Understand the necessity of project management to NIH grant applications.
  • Understand how to write and assemble a competitive NIH K/R grant application.

This online course will give participants an overview of the NIH grant submission process. The NIH offers a range of different funding mechanisms and this course will cover general principles related to NIH grant writing, but there is a particular focus on the R01 and K series of mentored career development grants. Participants will learn from researchers who have successfully applied for NIH funding and from researchers who have served on study sections. Course topics include:

  • Developing an NIH-fundable research topic
  • Writing the sections of the R01 or K mentored career development grant
  • Effective project management
  • Working with grant administrators and collaborators to assemble the grant
  • NIH peer review process

Though the course covers the entire process of writing and submitting an NIH grant, it also presupposes prior funding application experience. Harvard Catalyst also offers a more fundamentals-focused course, Techniques to Writing a Competitive Grant, which provides an overview of the grant writing process for participants who do not have prior experience.

Please note: Due to the scope of the course, we cannot provide individual feedback on current or future applications. This course provides specific instruction on writing the sections of the grant, but cannot offer grant review.


Interested in diversifying your funding portfolio even further? Register for the Grant Funding for Researchers Certificate and learn the skills needed to meet grant application requirements from multiple funding sources. This comprehensive program combines five existing grant writing courses, listed below:

Session dates

August 16 – October 11, 2023

Time commitment

Online course work and assignments averaging two to three hours per week over eight weeks.


Clinical professionals seeking to learn more about NIH grant funding (particularly R01 and K career development grants) and how to manage and write successful grant applications.

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  • MD, PhD, DMD, ScD, DNP, or equivalent doctorate-level degree, or involvement with a grant-writing team.
  • If no previous grant-writing experience, we suggest first taking Harvard Catalyst’s online course Techniques to Writing a Competitive Grant.


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Accreditation Statement

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.


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