See the Glossary for more terms.
CSR assigns your application to an integrated review group and study section for initial peer review and an institute or center for potential funding.
For that information, read Part 5. Assignment and Review in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
If your application will be reviewed by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), we recommend that you do this in your cover letter. Keep in mind that while CSR staff usually honor your request, they are not required to, and they may make a different assignment based on NIH referral guidelines and workload factors.
For more information on requesting assignment, read the following sections of the Strategy for NIH Funding:
For advice, read the following articles in the Strategy for NIH Funding:
If your application will be reviewed by NIAID, you can look at the roster but cannot request assignment to a review group. Read more at Where do I find rosters for NIAID review committees? in the Peer Review at NIAID questions and answers.
NIAID reviews applications for program project grants, cooperative agreements, career awards, institutional training grants, conference grants, Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trial Planning and Implementation Awards, and applications responding to requests for applications.
CSR reviews investigator-initiated grant applications for all award types except those reviewed in NIAID.
See Who Peer Reviews Your Application? in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
No. Each RFA convenes its own review group, called a special emphasis panel (SEP), so you cannot request assignment as you normally could for a program announcement.
Typically, applications in response to RFAs are reviewed by the lead sponsoring institute. At NIAID, one or more SEPs may review the applications. For more information, read Peer Review at NIAID Questions and Answers.
Yes. See If I did not request assignment to a review group, should I check the roster? in the Peer Review of Applications questions and answers.
You can find CSR study section rosters at CSR’s Roster Index for Regular Standing Study Sections and Continuing SEPs . For applications reviewed at NIAID, go to Where do I find rosters for NIAID review committees? in the Peer Review at NIAID questions and answers.
No. See Can I recommend or request a reviewer I like? in the Peer Review of Applications questions and answers.
The name of the scientific review officer assigned to your application is listed in the eRA Commons with other information about the application.
You can find this information in the eRA Commons usually within ten days, though it can take as long as six weeks for paper applications. If you have not heard by then, call the NIH Referral Office at 301-435-0715.
See Ensure You Get the Right Assignments in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Read What if I don't like an assignment? in the Peer Review of Applications questions and answers.
After CSR receives your grant application, it logs your application into a tracking database and assigns it an application identification number, e.g., 1R01-AI-12345-01.
Then a CSR staff member looks over your application and assigns it to the most appropriate institute based on NIH referral guidelines. For more information, see the next question.
Yes. After assignment, program officers in different institutes may discuss where your application might best fit and have the strongest likelihood of getting funded. You should be part of this discussion.
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