Application & Review Procedures

Prior to Applying

Application & Review Process for Unsolicited Applications

  • Applicant creates a account and an ERA Commons account.
  • Applicant follows instructions to have institution submit a grant application.
  • Applications are received by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), which assigns each application to a study section (with a corresponding Scientific Review Administrator) and an Institute or Center (to a particular Program Director).
  • The study section reviews the application for scientific merit and releases a summary statement of its critiques.
    • After a preliminary review, about half of the applications reviewed by a study section are discussed and given an overall impact score.
  • Discussed applications undergo a second round of review at an Institute-specific advisory council, where funding recommendations are made.

Archived Presentations on Funding Opportunities

Peer Review Process for NIH Grant Applications

CSR produced a couple of excellent videos. The first informative video presents a mock study section review of a grant application. The second video gives insight by seasoned reviewers into what makes a good application.

Perspectives of Biostatisticians

A session about NIH grants was held at the 2010 Joint Statistical meetings in Vancouver. BMRD study section chair Dr. Jeremy Taylor (University of Michigan) gave a presentation (PDF - 533 KB) describing what BMRD looks for in an application. NCI Program Director Dr. Michelle Dunn describes the NIH funding process in these slides (PDF - 877 KB).