Two-day Workshop
May 30, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 31, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Textiles Room 2431

About the Workshop

ORIED’s Research Development Office and the Proposal Development Unit are hosting this NIH-focused workshop to provide researchers insider insights into the perceptions and thinking of NIH study section grant reviewers. The knowledge gained from attending this workshop will aid participants in framing and writing applications to NIH.

This interactive workshop will be led by Dr. Ken Adler, Professor of Cell Biology, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, and will include a detailed review and analysis of selected Specific Aims pages provided by workshop participants.

Day 1: May 30


The workshop will begin with a didactic and interactive session discussing important aspects of grant applications, always from the perspective of the reviewer.


In-depth review of actual Specific Aims pages. Dr. Adler and participants will apply knowledge gained from the morning session to actual, real-time grant applications through a critique of Specific Aims pages provided by participants prior to the workshop. See below for more information.

Day 2: May 31


Continuation of review of submitted Specific Aims pages. As a courtesy, Dr. Adler will also be available to registered participants for one-on-one discussions as they develop their own grant applications over time.

About Kenneth Adler

Dr. Adler has been a Professor at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine for nearly 30 years.  He has received long-term continual R01-type funding from NIH throuhout this period, including a prestigious NIH MERIT award (2004 – 2014) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr. Adler has served on numerous research review panels, has chaired an NIH standing study section (Lung Cellular and Molecular Immunology), and served on and/or chaired many NIH Special Emphasis panels. He is currently Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the NIEHS and serves on approximately 5 to 10 study sections per year.

In the course of his career, Dr. Adler has reviewed thousands of grant applications and attended reviews of tens of thousands. He periodically conducts workshops to impart the knowledge and experience gained over time to help newer grant writers understand how NIH grants are perceived by the reviewer(s) and how to maximize their chances of receiving a fundable priority score.

How to Participate

Specific Aims Page Review

Participants are invited to submit a Specific Aims page for review by Dr. Adler. Deadline for submission is May 10. Up to 15 Specific Aims pages for RO1, R21, as well as K, P, and U funding mechanisms will be reviewed and critiqued during the workshop.

Proposals to be submitted to NIH for June 2017 deadlines will be given higher priority for review by Dr. Adler; comments will be sent directly to the participant prior to as well as discussed at the workshop.

Instructions for submitting the Specific Aims page will be emailed to registered participants indicating intention to submit a proposal to NIH in the near future.


Registration is closed for this event.


Contact the Proposal Development Unit or 919.513-2566 if you encounter attaching files or submitting this form.