The NIH Peer Review Challenge

And the winners are…

Challenge #1 New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review

First Prize: Best Empirically Based Idea

Measuring the Net Effect of “Identity Cues” on the Review of NIH Applications
David Budescu, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Fordham University
Mia Budescu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Lehman College

Second Prize: Best Empirically Based Idea

Do Investigator Race and/or Ethnicity of Topic Influence Research Evaluations?
Wendy Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development
Stephen J. Ceci, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development
Cornell University

First Prize: Most Creative Idea*

Identifying Commensuration Bias in Grant Review
Carole J. Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Elena A. Erosheva, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Statistics and Social Work
University of Washington

Challenge #2: Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review

First Prize*

Using Reviewer Pledges and Images of a Diverse Science Workforce to Increase Impartiality and Fairness in the NIH Peer Review Process
Kaury Kucera, Ph.D., Lecturer, Post-Doctoral Associate, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Rona Ramos, Ph.D., Technical Support Specialists, Lecturer in Physics
Brett Berke, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Lecturer in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
Helen Caines, PH.D., Associate Professor, Physics
Shankar Ramamurti, Professor, Physics and Applied Physics
Yale University

*Second place prizes were not awarded in these categories.