Specific Aims Workshop

offered by Donald Halstead, Lecturer on Epidemiology and Director of Writing Programs
held in person– Friday, March 24
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Kresge 110

This workshop will analyze the arguments and narrative pathways embedded in the one-page Specific Aims section, the grant proposal component that has the greatest impact on reviewers and other study section members. We will then apply these principles and constructively peer review the draft Aims that have been submitted. This workshop will focus on the NIH format, but the principles we will discuss can be applied across industry and foundation sponsors.  To use the workshop time most effectively, participants will be asked to read a specific aims example in advance, comparing it against a checklist.

If you would like us to consider your draft Specific Aims for peer review in the workshop, please email it to Vanessa Barton (vbarton@hsph.harvard.edu) by Friday, March 17, along with information on what mechanism you are applying for (e.g., R01, R21), to which Institute/Center, and the application’s draft title. Please note that if your Aims are chosen for review, you must attend the session to clarify any questions that may come up, and your draft will be distributed in advance to others who have registered for the workshop. If you are writing a grant application, this workshop is a unique opportunity to receive personalized, highly constructive feedback on your Specific Aims from the instructor who leads the school’s postdoc and faculty NIH grant application writing courses.

Calendar invite, and pre-work will be sent following registration.

*Please register online by Friday March 17 at 12:00 p.m. Questions can be sent to Vanessa Barton at vbarton@hsph.harvard.edu