Top 10 Peer Review Q&As for NIH Applicants

Top 10 Peer Review Q&As

  1. What are the biggest problems reviewers find in applications?
  2. I addressed the concerns from the prior critiques and my score got worse. Why?
  3. I don't like the review group you put my application into. What can I do?
  4. How do you guard against a single reviewer having undue influence at the review?
  5. When will I receive word on my application?
  6. Must I wait for my summary statement before submitting my idea again?
  7. I'm a reviewer, can I submit my application late?
  8. I've read the definitions of Significance and Overall Impact but the two still seem rather similar. Can you provide some additional guidance?
  9. I'm confused about the term "scientific premise or rigor" and how it is different from "significance." Can you tell me what reviewers are supposed to be looking for?
  10. How do I withdraw my application?

Bonus: How can I find a Program Officer or Scientific Review Officer to answer questions before submitting my application?

Top 100 NIH Peer Review Q&As

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Applicant and Reviewers: Check out the larger collection of application and review questions on the NIH Office of Extramural Research Web site. Thanks go to this office for contributing Q&As to make CSR’s top 10 and 100 Q&A lists.