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Peer Review Notes Jan 2014

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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)

Rescuing NIH Applications from the Shutdown Chaos

Photo of a meeting of the Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, meeting of CSR's Molecular Genetics A Study Section.  Scientific Review Officer, Dr. Michael Sveda, is speaking.  To his left if the chair, Dr Chris Lima from the Sloan-Kettering Institute.

The most overwhelming part was not the shutdown but the response. Reviewers and staff rallied with incredible commitment and generosity to complete the reviews on schedule. More... 



How Peer Reviewed Science Powers U.S Science and Health

Image of a Planeria worm from the lab of Dr.  Alejandro Sánchez  Alvarado.   Nervous system outlines in green and photoreceptors in red.  Image credit: Sarah Elliot and Lisandro Maya-Ramos

Scientific and health breakthroughs are heralded in the press almost every day. And you often can trace them back -- directly or indirectly -- to one or more NIH peer review groups that found great promise in an application. There are powerful stories that need to be told, and CSR has set out to do this. More... 

New Video: Jumpstart Your Research Career with CSR’s New Early Career Reviewer Program

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Emerging researchers rave about our Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program, which gives them experience reviewing NIH grant applications. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what they have to say in our new video: Jumpstart Your Research Career with CSR’s Early Career Reviewer Program. More... 

NIH Changes Continuous Submission Policy to Improve Reviews

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NIH recently modified the policy that allows chartered study section members, reviewers with equivalent service, and NIH council members to submit at any time R01, R21 and R34 applications that would otherwise have standard due dates. See what changed and what stayed the same. More... 

Correcting Your Application After Submission

A photo of a computer keyboard key with the words “Fix It Now?” written on it.

If you submit your application and then see a problem when you view the assembled copy in eRA Commons, can you fix it? The answer depends on when you submitted your application. More...