Research Toolkit

Understand 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:

Overview of the NIH peer review system
This pamphlet gives an overview of the NIH's peer review process, including its core values. 

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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