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CSR's primary role is to handle the receipt and review of ~ 70% of the grant applications that NIH receives. NIH separates the review process from funding decisions. Thus, CSR handles review of applications but does not fund applications. It is the Office of Extramural Research at the NIH that provides the leadership, oversight, and guidance related to grants policy. When applications are received, CSR assigns them to a Study Section for review and assigns a funding institute (such as National Institute of Mental Health) that may be interested in funding the application if positively reviewed. A Scientific Review Officer (SRO) at CSR handles the review of the application within a Study Section (Scientific Review Group, SRG) and the SRO is the best contact for applicants after submission and prior to the review meeting. The Program Officer (PO) at the funding institute is the most appropriate contact for an applicant for advice before submission and after the review meeting.

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Grant Process and CSR's Role

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 Role/Source of Information Grant Process
 Applicant Planning, Writing, & Submitting
 CSR Receipt & Referral
 CSR - Initial Level of Review
 Advisory Council of Funding Institute - Second Level of Review
 Program Officer Award Management
 Program Officer
Post Award Management
 Peer Review Glossary of Terms and Acronyms