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Archive icon With the completion of the three implementation goals of the Enhancing Peer Review Initiative, this page is no longer being updated and is provided for historical information only.  For current information, visit Peer Review Policies and Practices. Archive icon

Enhancing Peer Review at NIH

Ensure Balanced & Fair Reviews Across Scientific Fields & Career Stages, & Reduce Administrative Burden

Peer review should fairly evaluate proposals from all scientists, regardless of their career stage or discipline, and avoid bias toward more conservative and proven approaches at the expense of innovation and originality.

  • Funding the Best Science Earlier. To ensure that the largest number of high-quality and meritorious applications receive funding earlier and to improve system efficiency, NIH will enhance success rates of new and resubmitted applications by decreasing the number of allowed grant application resubmissions (amendments) from two to one.
  • Early Stage and New Investigator Policies. NIH recently announced new policies modifying the NIH New Investigator Policy to identify Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) and establishing goals to encourage funding for New Investigators and ESIs.
  • Clustering Applications in Review. In 2009, NIH began clustering new investigator applications (including ESIs) for review, where possible. Clinical research applications were also clustered where possible.

Related Policies – Resubmissions

Related Policies – New and Early Stage Investigators

Baseline Data – Resubmissions

Baseline Data – New and Early Stage Investigators

This page was last reviewed on September 3, 2009
Archive icon With the completion of the three implementation goals of the Enhancing Peer Review Initiative, this page is no longer being updated and is provided for historical information only.  For current information, visit Peer Review Policies and Practices. Archive icon
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