What is the Early Career Reviewer Program?

The ECR Program develops qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience into well trained reviewers to advance their careers and enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers.

Learn more at Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

What are the qualifications for becoming an ECR?

  • Have 2 years experience as a full-time faculty member or researcher in a similar role. Post-Doctoral Fellows are not eligible, but may become eligible following completion of their training.
  • Show evidence of an active independent program of research. Some examples might include:
    • Publications & presentations from independent research projects
    • Institutional research support
    • Patents
    • Supervisor of student project
  • Have at least 2 recent senior authored research publications in peer-reviewed journals in the last 2 years.
    • In press publications are considered
    • Senior author could be single author, corresponding author, first author or last author position.
    • Literature reviews or letters to the editor are not included
    • Manuscript in preparation or under review are not considered
  • Have not served on a CSR study section in a role other than a mail reviewer
    • Review committee service at other agencies is permitted
    • Review committee service at NIH Institutions and Centers other than CSR is permitted
    • Mail reviews include review of one or more applications without participation in a study section meeting
  • Current funding is not required. Conversely, anyone who has received an R01 award is over-qualified to serve as an ECR and could be considered as a temporary reviewer.

Learn more about the ECR program.

How do I update my information?

If you applied for the ECR program online using the ECR Application and Vetting System (EAVS), you can update your information using EAVS.

If you applied for the ECR program via email, you can update your information by emailing your updated information to CSREarlyCareerReviewer@mail.nih.gov