NIH Specific Aims Clinic

Program Goals:

  • To craft a clear, compelling, peer-critiqued Specific Aims page for a future NIH proposal
  • Provide and receive peer feedback
  • Obtain proposal development strategy, insight, and assistance 

Target Audience:

We expect this clinic to be especially beneficial for junior faculty and faculty who have not previously applied to NIH.


  • An initial kickoff meeting where experienced NIH grant application reviewers critique selected applications.
  • Subsequent meetings at which participants read and provide feedback on each other’s drafts
  • Additional one-on-one assistance available as needed
  • No fee to participate 

Fall 2018 Clinic Schedule 


  • Registration - Fall 2018 Specific Aims Clinic series  (Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 9, 2018) is available through Sept. 6, 2018
  • Registrants will submit a Specific Aims draft and their NIH Biographical Sketch to the Specific Aims Clinic facilitators (see below)
  • NIH provides general instructions for preparing the Specific Aims. Contact the Specific Aims Clinic facilitators (see below) if you need additional information 
  • NIH Biosketch templates and instructions are available at



Facilitated by members of the Division's Research Development Services:
, Research Development Officer