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PEERS Specific Aims Workshop

Program Contact: Alexis Nagel, Ph.D. (



Welcome to PEERS (Providing Education & Enrichment for Research Success)! Offered in the Spring and Fall to early career faculty, workshops incorporate targeted feedback on working Specific Aims documents from junior faculty peers, senior faculty mentors, and ORD staff to help participants develop effective strategies for communicating their science. The goal of this program is to enhance the competitiveness of career development and independent research proposals to the National Institutes of Health.



Each Specific Aims workshop is offered to MUSC early career faculty members (up to 5 per session) who are are actively developing extramural grant applications in any area of basic, clinical, or translational research for submission to the NIH. To be eligible, individuals must be:

  1. An MUSC faculty member
  2. Within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or clinical training (this criterion may be waived on a case-by-case basis, please contact the ORD)
  3. Submitting a K- or R-series grant application in the next 6 months (approximately)
  4. Not currently holding nor previously have held independent NIH R-level funding as a Principal Investigator

Application Process

Applicants will be asked to provide identifying information on their proposal and funding mechanism as well as an NIH-formatted biosketch and Specific Aims draft. These drafts will be distributed for the first peer group critique. Workshop members will have an opportunity to revise their aims before mentor critique. Please see the updated timeline for details on the current session.

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