From The NIH Catalyst, Volume 3, page 23.
Using LaTeX for NIH Grant Applications
If you are a computer scientist, you'll want to use LaTeX. Some NIH folks are
using LaTeX these days: Here is a
great site from Dr. Schneider's lab at NIH describing the advantages of LaTeX over Word for your
Quick start: Here is the "blank" version for use with
electronic submissions to NIH. Almost all NIH grant applications use
this format, so the "blank" format plus the bio
sketch is pretty much what you need to write your
To get the files: Download from CTAN,
nih.zip, nih.tgz, or my source files. I usually
use nih-blank.cls now.
You can also find nih.cls (in the zip file), which
has headers and footers. This is pretty old, but headers
& footers are still used for some U-, P-, Z-, and training grants
(e.g, T32). You would want to change the date in the footer before using these.
Here is a sample page from one of my R01's, so
you can see what these LaTeX files produce.
If you make improvements or enhancements (e.g., to the .sty or
.tex files) I would be grateful if you could send me a copy, to
The NIH grant application process is idiosyncratic. Here is some good
advice and information: