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The NIH Peer Review Challenge

The National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is issuing two Challenges for ideas to detect potential bias in peer review and ideas to strengthen reviewer training to enhance impartiality and fairness in the review of grant applications.

A First Prize in the amount of $10,000 and a Second Prize in the amount of $5,000 is offered in each category below.

Challenge #1
New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review
Submit your idea on how to detect bias among reviewers due to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science,  and/or amount of research experience of applicants. First and Second prizes will be offered in two categories, best empirically based idea and most creative idea. Additional details can be found at FRN Doc.2014-10196.

Challenge #2
Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review
Submit your idea on how to strengthen reviewer training methods to enhance fairness and impartiality in peer review. First and Second prizes will be offered for the best overall ideas. Additional details can be found at FRN Doc.2014-10203.

Instructions:
  1. Review the Complete Rules for Each Challenge.
  2. Fill out the Appropriate Coversheet (Challenge 1) (Challenge 2).
  3. Submit Your Ideas and Coversheet at CSRDiversityPeerRev@mail.nih.gov
Submissions: Must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on June 30, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.

Winners will be announced September 2, 2014.