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All things NIH: agency links, NIH policy, Federal FORMS, AHRQ, HRSA, NINR, links

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making

Grants.Gov: Links to funding announcements from all federal agencies

Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications - NIH - Office of Extramural Research BLOG [great for updates]

Troubleshooting Tips -

Help is provided for common troubleshooting issues such as verifying your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) status, login for E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC) and accessing search results. These troubleshooting tips can help you quickly resolve your technical issues.

Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk - Office of Extramural Research - NIH

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA Open [Funding] Opportunities

Request a No-cost Extension - HRSA

Using Program Funds Beyond Budget Period - HRSA

Find HRSA Grant Awards - Grantees

HRSA Grantees by Program or State

HRSA Grant Awards by Major Program or State

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Due Dates / Deadlines - NIH

NIH eRA Commons
A virtual meeting place where NIH extramural grantee organizations, grantees, and the public can receive and transmit information about the administration of biomedical and behavioral research.

eRA Commons Implementation of Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
The pilot for RPPR system feature in eRA Commons system will replace eSNAP for submission of Research Performance Progress Reports in early 2012. Full implementation will occur in summer 2012.

eRA Commons Mandating Use of No-Cost Extension (NCE) in Commons
NIH plans to mandate use of the No-Cost Extension feature in eRA Commons when you need to notify NIH that you will exercise your one-time authority to extend (without additional funds) the final budget period of your grant. The new policy requiring its use will go into effect on October 1, 2011. As of that date, NIH will no longer accept these notifications via other communication channels.

Grants.OER Home Page
NIH Office of Extramural Research
NIH Medical and Behavioral Research Grant Policies, Guidelines and Funding Opportunities

NIH Applications and Forms

NIH Updates Submission Instructions for the Public Access Policy

NIH made several updates to the NIH Public Access Web page to clarify the submission process.  The Web site explains that there are four methods to ensure that a manuscript is submitted to PubMed Central in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. These methods vary based on the version of the paper submitted, and the actions undertaken by the author and publisher.  

Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP)
Search Awarded Grants for Federal Funding Agencies

Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
NIH portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit

Steps and Instructions: NIH Electronic Submission of Grant Applications

Video: Inside the NIH Grant Review Process

Research Portfolio Online Report Tool (RePORT)
Reports, data, and analysis of NIH Research Activities

NIH Checklists for PIs and Institutions
Posted on Natl. Institute of Allergy & Infectuous Diseases' site---EXCELLENT LISTS/GUIDELINES

EXCELLENT Funding & Policy Terms & Acronyms
NIAID Glossary of Funding and Policy Terms and Acronyms

Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts

NIH Podcasts [Reports / Training Archives]

Mixed Methods Research (Best Practices from NIH)
The National Institutes of Health released recommendations of best practices for scientists conducting mixed methods health research. Mixed methods research combines the strengths of quantitative research and qualitative research.

 National Institute of Nursing Research

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Research and Funding  - National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Grant Development and Management Resources (NINR): Includes 'Getting Started' and 'FAQ' links

Federal, state, foundation, and other sites with demographic information, statistical reports, registry information, and statistical methods information

Research on Research - Research Coaching: Duke University

The Research on Research Group at Duke University has developed a research coaching program to help novice researchers navigate the process from idea to scientific manuscripts and funding proposals. Initially designed and used for researchers at the Duke University Medical Center, the program is now established in multiple countries around the world, and resources are available to health professionals across disciplines, including nursing. All software and educational material are freely available and distributed under either an open source or an open access license. The program content covers many key areas, including Research Question Formulation, Literature Search for Research Question Formulation, Manuscript Writing, Data Analysis, Interpretation of Statistical Findings, Data Extraction Methods, Ethics and IRB, Manuscript Editing, and Research Funding. For complete details, see For more information, contact Dr. Ricardo Pietrobon, Associate Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Duke University Health System at


See publication links or bibliographies of articles related to research topics of interest to nursing.

Research and Analysis Information

Finding Answers Intervention Research (FAIR) Database

The FAIR Database contains 206 journal article summaries from a systematic review of racial and ethnic health disparities interventions published as a Special Supplement to the October 2007 issue of Medical Care Research and Review.

Geriatric Statistics

ElderWeb Statistics site - state statistics

Federal Statistics and Demographics

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Svcs. National Center for Health Statistics

National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2008 [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality]

National Healthcare Quality Report, 2008 [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality]

2008 State Snapshots [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality]

Census Factfinder: Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
NOTE: Links under 'Getting Detailed Data' section; e.g., the American Community Survey.

Child Welfare League of America - Links to sources of demographic information

National Data for Monitoring and Evaluating Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities: Where Do We Go from Here?


Dr. James Sallis has a website of downloadable physical activity and dietary questionnaires that you may find helpful in your current or future research. These include instruments dealing with social support, self-efficacy, environment, as well as parent and child behaviors. Dr. Cowan used the 7-day Physical Activity Recall instrument in her research studies involving adolescents and adults. Here is the website:


Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide
The new 219-page document, Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide, is the first government-supported handbook for establishing, managing, and analyzing patient registries. Development of the handbook was co-funded by AHRQ and HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Thirty-nine contributors from industry, academia, and government collaborated to create the handbook.
Unlike randomized clinical trials, which study patients under strict eligibility and treatment protocols, patient registries document the experiences of patients in everyday clinical practice.  Observing those patients’ responses to treatment can provide important insights into which health care strategies work best in actual practice.
“This new reference will be a tremendous resource to researchers, patient groups, health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and others who are eager to investigate which treatments work best,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.  “Databases that depict outcomes in patient populations over time carry great potential for advancing the quality, safety, and effectiveness of health care.”

Reports and Publications

RWJF Publications and Resources, you will find useful to support your health and health care related efforts: links to publications/reports related to chronic illness, disparities, and other issues of interest to RWJF.

Dynamics of Race, Culture, and Key Indicators of Health in the Nation's 100 Largest Cities and their Suburbs
Andrulis, D., Duchon, L., Reid, H. 2003

America's Health Rankings 2008: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities
For 19 years, America’s Health Rankings™ has provided an annual state-by-state analysis of our nation’s health. The longest running report of its kind, the Rankings presents a unique historical and comprehensive view of the health of the nation and an annual ranking of the healthiest and least healthy states.

Reaching America's Health Potential: A State-by-State Look at Adult Health

RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America Report Shows Gaps in Health Strongly Linked to Education Levels

Test Instruments and Measures Resources
Key Databases
HRSS - Health Services and Sciences Research Resources
Journals@UTHSC Library
Test Instrument Book@UTHSC_Library
Burros Institute of Mental Measurements
Educational Testing Service
Finding Information About Psychological Tests

Survey Analysis Tools

SURVEY QUESTION Analysis Tool: QUAID (Question Understanding AID) Will analyze survey items for you before you use them.

City - County - State Level Statistics and Demographics

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
[Tennessee Primary Care Association site]

The State Fact Sheets provide descriptive information on the condition of vulnerable children in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, using indicators of child protection, health, child care, education, and income support. 

Tennessee U.S. Public Health Service 

Section 330 Grantee Community Health Ctrs
Tennessee’s Homeless Health Centers
Tennessee FQHC Look-Alikes

Urban Child Institute Data Book Registration

Memphis and Shelby County Children's Data Books [must register to access-free]

Books Available in the ORGS Department

Local (Memphis Urban, County, State) Publications and Reports - Demographics / Other Statistics

The Book of Lists (Memphis Business Journal) - 2009

Health Care / Nursing Workforce

Health Workforce Information Center

Tennessee Center for Nursing

Lists of print materials related to nursing research or scholarly practice, writing skills, grant proposal development, and related topics.

Research Tips and Resources (Binder in ORGS Office)

  • Grant Writing Workshop, Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
  • Traits of Successful Grant Writers
  • Sample Grant Sections
  • Preliminary Studies
  • Data Analysis
  • Budget and Re-Submission
  • The Original How to Write a Research Grant Application
  • Tool for Planning the Grant Application Process. Crain, HC, Broome, ME. Nursing Outlook. 48(6):288-93.
  • Grant Application Process Planning Tool (GAPPT) described: resource for investigators to better manage their grant preparation activities and precious time.
  • Mediator and Moderator Variables in Nursing Research: Conceptual and Statistical Differences. Bennett, JA. Research in Nursing & Health, 2000, 23, 415-420.
  • Mock Review: CON Guidelines and Forms for Mock Review
  • Checklist for Research Proposal
  • Broken Hearts: Women's Symptoms of Heart Disease. McSweeney, Jean. [model of how to build a research program] - Slides
  • Words Worth Their Weight in Cash [re: developing grant proposal narrative]. Markin, K. Chronicle of Higher Education, Friday, April 8, 2005
  • NIH Funding Workshop – March 2006 Natl Inst Child Health & Human Dev.

Grant Workshops: Office of Research Administration (Binder in ORGS Office)

  • Top 10 Grant Problems - ORA - Debbie Smith. Workshop slides & notes
  • Electronic Grants Submission - ORA - 8/14/06 Workshop slides & notes
  • NIH Grants 101 - ORA - Workshop slides & Notes
  • Clinical Trials - ORA - Workshop slides & Notes
  • UTHSC IRB Submission - ORA - Workshop slides & Notes

Alliance for Non-Profit Excellence (Binder in ORGS Office)

Local Funders Forum – 1/27/2006 - Local Funders discuss success strategies
Researching Grant Funding – 4/26/2006 - Search techniques for private funding

NINR & NIH (Binder in ORGS Office)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
NINR Research Mechanisms and Dates
NINR Frequently Asked Questions
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Electronic Submission
NIH: Inside the Grant Review Process

Links to site and documents to download related to grant proposal development, preparing budgets, electronic submission, writing query letters, checklists for excellence, and an NIH video on peer review

Proposal Writing

Specific Aims: Template for writing Specific Aims

Developing and Writing Grant ProposDeals (CFDA) [tutorial]

UTHSC Office of Research Administration Grant Writing Tips [site]
Links to articles and on-line sources that support grant writing

Have you ever wondered where to find help with preparing, submitting and managing a clinical research grant? Clinical Research Guide

SF424(R&R) Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile Form Issue – Workaround for Adding More Than Eight Senior/Key Persons

Designating Roles in NIH applications

NIAID Glossary of Funding and Policy Terms and Acronyms - Excellent list of terms.

SAMHSA offers manual for applicants

Developing Competitive SAMHSA Grant Applications is a manual created to help applicants acquire the skills and resources needed to plan, write, and prepare a competitive grant application for SAMHSA funding.


Checklists for Applicants and Grantees (NIH) - Paper Submission

All About Grants Tutorials

Checklist for Research Proposal (Test for Success)

Videos: SF424 / Peer Review

[Official] SF 424 Application Guide Links: Training video, sample forms, guides

"Inside the NIH Grant Review Process"
A Video on Peer Review at NIH

Program Officer Relationship

Contact Program Officer: Tips: "The Phone Call is Part of the Research"

Query Letters

10 Components of a Query Letter

Response to a Query Letter


NIH - Non-Trainee Expenses in the Budget Narrative

Electronic Submission

Electronic Submissions to NIH - Flow Chart, Step by Step Instructions, Tips [Excellent overview of process]


Links to journal articles. Bibliographies of print articles available in ORGS office [contact ORGS for copy or to borrow]


National Data for Monitoring and Evaluating Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities: What Do We Go from Here?


Council of Scientific Editors. (2005) CSE's white paper on promoting integrity in scientific journal publications. Council of Scientific Editors.
Retrieved October 10, 2007 from

Scientists Who Cheated Had Mentors Who Failed to Supervise Them. Brainard, J. (August 29, 2008) The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Scientific Writing - Journal Articles

Engle, V and Graney, Marshall J. (2001) Designing a Study for Success. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 49,680-681 Milisen, K; Abraham, I L; Godderis, J; Delooz, H H; and Broos, PL. (2001) A nurse let interdisciplinary intervention program for delirium in elderly hip-fracture patients, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 49,s23-s32.
NOTE: Engle & Graney provide axioms for exemplar study design and the article produced by Abraham, et al.

National Library of Medicine Copyright Information

Government information at NLM Web sites is in the public domain. Public domain information may be freely distributed and copied, but it is requested that in any subsequent use the National Library of Medicine (NLM) be given appropriate acknowledgement. When using NLM Web sites, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Specific NLM Web sites containing protected information provide additional notification of conditions associated with its use.

Grant Writing

Markin, K. M. (2005). Words worth their weight in cash. The Chronicle of Higher Education Retrieved March 24, 2006, from news/2005/04/2005040801c/printable.html [Print: ORGS Office]

Tornquist, E. M. (1990). How to write a research grant proposal. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 22(1), 44-51. [Print: ORGS Office]

Grey, M. (2000). Top 10 Tips For Successful Grantsmanship. Research in Nursing & Health, Editorial, 23, 91–92 [Print: ORGS Office]

Crain, H.C. and Broome, M. E. (2000) Tool for planning the grant application process. Nursing Outlook, 48(6), 288-93. [Print: ORGS Office]

Building a Program of Research

Conn, V. S., Porter, R. T., McDaniel, R. W., Rantz, M. J., & Maas, M. L. (2005). Building research productivity in an academic setting. Nursing Outlook, 53(5), 224-231. [Print: ORGS Office]

Engle, V. F., & Graney, M. J. (2001). Designing a study for success. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 49(5), 680-681. [Print: ORGS Office]

Markin, K. M. (2006). Where to Start.The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved April 12, 2006, from news/2006/03/2006031001c/printable.html [Print: ORGS Office]

Research Methods

Conn, V. S., Rantz, M. J., Wipke-Tevis, D. D., & Maas, M. L. (2001). Focus on research methods. Designing effective nursing interventions. Research in Nursing & Health, 24(5), 433-442.

Bennett, J. A. (2000). Focus on research methods. Mediator and moderator variables in nursing research: Conceptual and Statistical differences. Research in Nursing & Health, 23(4), 415-420. [Print: ORGS Office]

Mixed Methods Research

Chen, H. T. (2006). A theory-driven evaluation perspective on mixed methods research. Research in the Schools, 13(1), 75-83. [Print: ORGS Office]

Johnson, R. B., Onwuegbuzie, A. J., & Turner, L. (2007). Toward a definition of mixed methods research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(2), 112-133. [Print: ORGS Office]

Onwuegbuzie, A. J., & Johnson, R. B. (2006). The validity issue in mixed research. Research in the Schools, 13(1), 48-63. [Print: ORGS Office]

Sandelowski, M., Voils, C. I., & Barroso, J. (2006). Defining and designing mixed research synthesis studies. Research in the Schools, 13(1), 29-40. [Print: ORGS Office]

Sandelowski, M., & Sandelowski, M. (2000). Combining qualitative and quantitative sampling, data collection, and analysis techniques in mixed-method studies. Research in Nursing & Health, 23(3), 246-255. [Print: ORGS Office]

Yin, R. K. (2006). Mixed methods research: Are the methods genuinely integrated or merely parallel? Research in the Schools, 13(1), 41-47. [Print: ORGS Office]

Simulated Grant Review

Holtzclaw, B. J. (2000), The Simulated Grant Review. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research. Southern Connections, 14(4). [Print: ORGS Office]

UTHSC College of Nursing Mock Review Guidelines

Last Published: Jun 12, 2018