Writing Grants and Manuscripts

Writing NIH grants and biomedical manuscripts remains a major challenge for many researchers and clinicians world-wide, and many reputations and careers rest on the ability of scientists to communicate clearly and forcefully.

To be successful, researchers at all levels and fields must master grantsmanship and writing techniques often not available to them. From continued requests by Dartmouth students and faculty, this section was produced as an important resource for staff, students, postdoctoral and physician fellows, and faculty that addresses this challenge.

This resource was written by Christopher Dant, PhD, formerly of Dartmouth Cancer Center and the Department of Immunology/Microbiology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Included are links and files for NIH Grant Writing and Peer-Reviewed Biomedical Manuscripts. Dant's recorded seminars on these topics are also available to watch, and you can also read his paper on effective writing skills (PDF).

Writing NIH Grants

NIH grant resources

New grant instructions and forms for 2020

New and early-stage investigators

Writing peer-reviewed biomedical manuscripts


How to write manuscripts

Online writing resources

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style
    Dartmouth subscribes to the AMA Manual of Style, containing everything medical and scientific researchers, writers, and editors need to produce well-organized, clear, readable, and authoritative manuscripts.
  • Common errors in English usage
    List of deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, and teachers.