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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’s Director Goes to Capitol Hill

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“It was remarkable,” said CSR Director Dr. Richard Nakamura, “to be invited to explain the value of NIH peer reviewed science to both House and Senate staffers.” Though NIH officials cannot lobby Congress, Dr. Nakamura took the opportunity to tell it like it is. More...

Good to Know: NIH and Peer Review News

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Did the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management computer system affect reviewers? What are my chances of getting funded? We take up these questions in our Good to Know article. More...

Help Applicants at Your Institution by Using New CSR Outreach Resources

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Reviewers have great insights into the NIH peer review process. To help you share them with applicants at your institution, we pulled together outreach resources you can use: slides, handouts and videos. More...

New Webinars for Applicants and University Grants Administrators

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Pass the word to applicants, mentors and research administrators at your institution: the NIH Center for Scientific Review will host two Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review webinars in early November 2015. More...

Understanding the Capacity of NIH’s Peer Review System

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There are concerns that NIH’s demand for peer reviewers may have exceeded the capacity of our current grantees to support it. The NIH Office of Extramural Research recently assessed the scientific community’s ability to review all the applications it members submit. More...

The Power of Peer Review: New Treatment Targets “Persister” Cells in Chronic Infection

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Lethal outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant, “flesh-eating” bacteria such as MRSA can be frightening, but there is some good news. In our September Power of Peer Review article, we feature a successful NIH applicant whose team is identifying new antibiotics using novel technology. More...