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The Center for Scientific Review publishes Peer Review Notes to inform our reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to our grant application review policies, procedures and plans. (PDF Version)

CSR Reviewer Wins Nobel Prize Day Before His Meeting

Photo of Brian Kobilka next to the words:  "Nobel Prize, Chemistry, 2012."  Photo from Stanford U.

“I thought he was in the hospital,” said Dr. Raya Mandler when she heard the message Dr. Brian Kobilka left on her cell phone: “something came up. It looks quite serious, and I am sorry I cannot come to the meeting.’” Turns out he had just won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry! More...

Dr. Richard Nakamura Named CSR Director

Photo of Dr. Richard Nakamura, the new CSR Director.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins stole the show at the December 3, 2012, meeting of CSR’s Advisory Council by making the surprise announcement:  Dr. Richard Nakamura was selected to be the new CSR Director. More...


CSR’s Council Suggests Five Ways NIH Can Help Applicants

 Picture of CSR Advisory Council members around a meeting table on Dec. 3, 2012 .

CSR’s Advisory Council recently developed five recommendations for NIH to help applicants with promising research ideas to stay in the game despite historically low funding rates. More...


NIH’s New Plan to Diversify and Strengthen the Research Workforce

Photo of three young minority scientists in a lab (NCI Photo).

NIH recently unveiled a series of initiatives to strengthen and improve the diversity of the biomedical research workforce after seeking input from the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director and other community representatives. More...


NIH Responds to Nature Commentary Critical of NIH Peer Review

Picture of the main administrative building at NIH -- Building 1 -- in winter with snow on it and the nearby trees.

The ability of NIH review panels to identify innovative research was questioned in a recent Nature commentary: “Research grants: Conform and be funded.”  NIH defends its peer review system by explaining how the authors’ approach and conclusions are flawed. More...

Reviewing Applications Affected by Super Storm Sandy

Crews work to cleanup parts of Bellevue hospital that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy (FEMA Photo).

Reviewers should to be mindful of applications from institutions temporally damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  When evaluating the environment at these institutions, you should assume that NIH staff will work with the applicant institution to restore the needed facilities, equipment, personnel, etc. if an award is made. More...