Get a glimpse behind the curtain of NIH grant review
The National Institutes of Health offers the Early Career Reviewer Program to help new investigators better understand how the peer-review system works and to make sure study sections have representatives from all sorts of academic and research institutions.
You’re eligible to participate if you have been a full-time faculty member or researcher for at least two years, operate an independent research program, have been corresponding author on at least two papers in the past two years, and have never been on a Center for Scientific Review study section before.
You don’t need to have current funding for your own research and don’t need to have ever received NIH funding to participate. In fact, if you’ve already received an R01 award or the equivalent, you’re not eligible.
Participants indicate which study sections match their areas of expertise and remain in the program until they’ve been asked to serve on a study section or have won an R01/equivalent grant, whichever comes first.
Here’s a short video about the program:
Want to learn more? The NIH has a taped webinar and slides.