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Too Senior to serve as an ECR?

The Early Career Reviewer Program was designed to introduce less experienced investigators to the NIH grant review process. If you think you are too senior to serve as an ECR, but are interested in serving on a study section, forward your CV and expertise terms to the Scientific Review Officers that manage study sections in your areas of interest. You can find their contact information on the Meeting Rosters link for each study section at

Examples of being too senior include:
  • A long history of independent research
  • A well-established publication record
  • Served as a reviewer on a CSR study section

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ECR Quick Facts
  • More than 80,000 applications are received at CSR each year
  • About 17,000 reviewers participate in NIH Peer Review meetings each year

For additional questions about the ECR program, please send an email to