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Peer Review Notes January 2016

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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)

NIH Budget Boost and the Impact on Peer Review



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Congress and the President boosted the NIH budget by $2 billion late last year. “After a decade of tight budgets and missed opportunities, this is great news,” said CSR Director Dr. Richard Nakamura. . . While it’s an exciting time, we look forward with a worried eye . . .     More...


Reviewing Peer Review at NIH



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CSR Director Dr. Richard Nakamura recently coauthored an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine that discusses new ways to assess NIH peer review. More...



Do’s and Don’ts for the New NIH Biosketch 



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Since last May, applicants are required to use a new biosketch format . . . So you can make the new format work as well as it can for both applicants and reviewers, we pulled together some Do’s and Don’ts. More...



CSR Posts Webinar Videos for New Applicants and University Research Administrators



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New R01 grant applicants and University Research Administrators can now view the videos of our fall 2015 “Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review” webinars online. More...



Job Jump: Moving from Academia to NIH



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Dr. Bruce Reed recently joined CSR after a productive career at the University of California in Davis. We thought you’d enjoy hearing his reflections on his new life as a federal official. More...



Geneticist Advances Schizophrenia Research: the Power of Peer Review



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Breast cancer researcher and Lasker Award winner Dr. Mary-Claire King encountered challenges several years ago when she wanted to expand the scope of her research to study schizophrenia, a disease that affects about one in 100 people worldwide. More...