Posted on September 22, 2023

You are invited to Appalachian State University’s NIH Day: Friday, October 6, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Leon Levine Hall in Boone, NC. Join staff from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) who will share info about NIH grant process and mechanisms broadly, including grant proposal writing and submission, contacting the right program officer, and grants management across all institutes.

Attendees may sign-up for one-on-one meetings with NIH program and review officers. There is no cost to attend! (Attendees provide or purchase their own lunch.)


NIH Presenters

NIH Day Agenda

Hosted by Appalachian State University, Office of ResearchBeaver College of Health SciencesBlue Cross NC Institute for Health & Human Services

Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences
1179 State Farm Road (across from the Watauga Medical Center)
Friday, October 6, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Morning Session (10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Overview of NIH and NIEHS
NIH R15s

  • Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions
  • Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools

Grantsmanship – advice and resources from Program and Review


  • Abee Boyles, Population Health Branch
  • Astrid Haugen, Genes, Environment, and Health Branch
  • Michael Humble, Genes, Environment, and Health Branch

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (on your own – information about area restaurants will be provided)

Afternoon Session (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. / 3 separate tracks)

TRACK 1 (1:30 – 2:30)

Sponsored Programs with NIH Grants Management


  • Camilo B. Asuncion, Grant Manager
  •  James R. Williams, Grant Manager

TRACK 2 (1:30 – 2:30)

Learn about NIH, CDC, and FDA research funding opportunities for qualified United States small businesses to engage in Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Visit Research Opportunities for Small Businesses (SBIR/STTR) for more information.


  • Lingamanaidu (Ravi) V. Ravichandran, Exposure, Response, and Technology Branch IEHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

TRACK 3 (1:30 – 3:30  – 10 minute meetings, first come first served.)

One-on-one appointments (10 minutes) with NIH Program and Review Officers. Sign up on the registration form.

  • Abee Boyles, Population Health Branch  – Environmental epidemiology, Climate and health, Maternal and women’s health, Cancer
  • Astrid Haugen, Genes, Environment, and Health Branch – AREA and REAP R15 Programs, Autism and the Environment, Extramural Loan Repayment Program, Summer Student/Teacher Supplements
  • Michael Humble, Genes, Environment, and Health Branch – Fellowships, Immunotoxicology/Autoimmune Disease, Skin Disease, NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25), Undergraduate Research Education Program (UP) to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25)

For questions, contact Karen Fletcher, [email protected]

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