“One of our faculty members recently participated as an outside expert in reviewing an NIH grant resubmission for one of your faculty members as part of the GrantSeekers program. He [Charles Glabe] was very impressed by the experience and communicated his enthusiasm to me and our Dean. It is clear that you have put together a program that has great value and we will be moving forward here [to develop a similar program] as there is a lot of interest.”
David Gardiner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology at the University of California Irvine
“The GrantSeekers program you have put together is a terrific process. I was glad to be a part of it.”
Nancy Hodgson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology and Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania
"I appreciate the opportunity to participate. I think the GrantSeekers program is an outstanding resource for your investigators. I have been telling some of the leadership on our campus about it."
Paula Roberson, Ph.D.
Chair of Department of Biostatistics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
"I have enjoyed my participation in the program. I can’t speak to the value you derive from it, that is told in the success of the grants. My observation is that this process has been quite effective in identifying holes in either the conceptual development or practical integration. This seems particularly useful for programmatic grants. These tend to get bogged down in the day-to-day details that are evident to the local participants, but don’t make sense or aren’t clear to outsiders. This process is very helpful in breaking up group – think. I would like to recreate something like this at Wake if we had the resources.”
Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Translational Science Institute, Director of Sticht Center on Aging, and Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism at Wake Forest School of Medicine
"I am impressed with your process and hope that you have continued success. Thank you for including me in the process.”
Thomas Quertermous, M.D.
Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University
“My experience with GrantSeekers was extremely helpful. Without a doubt, it was the best constructive criticism that I have ever received from my peers on a grant application prior to submission. What I found particularly helpful was the participation of recognized experts from outside the University. It should also be said that both of my outside experts were very impressed with the GrantSeekers concept and process and both wished that their own institutions would develop similar programs.”
Michael Berton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
"My R01 received a good score (4%, 19). Many thanks for your help. The GrantSeekers program really helped me understand the importance of packaging the grant and how to do so."
Lily Dong, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy
"Participating in GrantSeekers was a terrific and valuable experience. The review process included both internal and external scientists with strong and clear feedback. I recommend using GrantSeekers for grant applications.”
Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Endodontics
“GrantSeekers was critical to the success of my proposal. Without the changes I made based on the meetings, especially a second meeting close to the due date, I am fairly certain it would not have been funded. Preparing for a GrantSeekers presentation does not take much time, as the hard work has already been done in the preparation of the proposal itself. I only used a few slides to help the discussion of the aims and aims page argument. Because the program brings together people with a large amount of experience reviewing grants and being in study section meetings, it can only help to have them look at your grant with a reviewer’s eyes and give you that feedback before the actual meeting. It’s like gaining an extra round of review at the NIH!”
Rene Renteria, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Ophthalmology
"I would like to thank you for allowing me to present at GrantSeekers and for being able to get these outstanding senior investigators to help with the review. I believe the discussions and recommendations were very helpful and will go a long way towards improving the proposal for our next submission.”
Joseph Agyin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology