Understand the Peer Review Process
The following resources will help you learn more about understanding the peer review process.
Understand what to expect
NIH peer review process
This NIH webpage outlines what to expect at each the level of the peer review process:
- First level of review: Scientific review groups
- Second level of review: Advisory council or board
Overview of the NIH peer review system
This pamphlet gives an overview of the NIH's peer review process, including its core values.
NIH All About Grants Podcasts
The NIH Office of Extramural Research talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Episodes provide insights on a variety of topics such as NIH Peer Review, Advice For New and Early Career Scientists, and Post-Award Activities & Requirements.
Think like a grant reviewer
The following resources are designed to help you improve your proposals by better understanding how peer reviewers are trained to score grants:
NIH's peer review video series
Provides an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit.
Become an NIH peer reviewer
Qualified individuals are needed to serve on study sections.
NSF's proposal review guide
Describes the National Science Foundation's review process for peer reviewers, as well as what grant reviewers look for in grant proposals.
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