NIH’s Center for Scientific Review Makes Changes
NIH is realigning and reorganizing its study sections to “reflect changes in the science.” According to the Center for Scientific Review, the revisions will make it easier for applicants, reviewers, and staff to identify the right study sections. CSR intends to review and update the study section guidelines (see the new guidelines at http://www.csr.nih.gov) each year, and has created a new website that describes the changes.
CSR has also launched a website for new reviewers. CSR anticipates that the website will get new reviewers “up to speed quickly,” standardize the training, and reduce the amount of time needed for orientation prior to and during review meetings. The new site describes the essential tasks for each stage of review, and NIH hopes it will also serve as a useful reference for experienced reviewers who want to know about the latest changes in review.
These changes are highlighted in the January 2011 issue of Peer Notes, CSR’s monthly newsletter. Other highlights include the survey results on NIH’s peer review system which involved all major stakeholders: applicants, reviewers, scientific review officers, program officers. See the survey results [PDF] »