How can the ECR program benefit your career?

The program aims to:

  • Help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to experience in peer review that may make them more competitive as applicants
  • Train and educate qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to develop critical and well-trained reviewers
  • Enrich the existing pool of reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions

Do you qualify?

To qualify for the ECR program, you must:

  • Have at least 2 years experience as a full-time faculty member or researcher in a similar role. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible.
  • Show evidence of an active, independent research program.  Examples include publications, presentations, institutional research support, patents, acting as supervisor of student projects.
  • Have at least 2 recent senior-authored research publications in peer-reviewed journals in the last 2 years. In press publications are considered and author position can be as single author, corresponding author, or first or last author.
  • Have not served on a CSR study section in a role other than mail reviewer. (Mail reviews do not include participation in the meeting.) Review service at other agencies or at other NIH institutes/centers are not disqualifiers.
  • Current funding is not required. (Anyone who has received an R01 award is over-qualified and could be considered as a temporary reviewer.)