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Negotiating the Locus of Peer Review SOP

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This SOP has internal roles only.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.


To request that the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) conduct initial peer review of applications typically reviewed by NIAID or to request that NIAID review applications usually reviewed by CSR.


While CSR reviews most NIH single-project research applications and individual fellowships, NIAID sometimes asks CSR to review applications normally reviewed by the Institute, e.g., applications responding to a request for applications (RFA). Sometimes CSR asks NIAID to review applications that CSR typically handles.

Program Officers

To request that CSR review NIAID's applications, send the information below in response to an initiative to the Office of Extramural Research Policy and Operations (OERPO) at Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff as soon as an initiative is approved. That group will submit a formal request to CSR.

  • Scope of request—single event or ongoing.
  • Cooperating ICs; if any.
  • Activity codes.
  • Format of review expected—regular study section or special emphasis panel.
  • Any special submission or referral considerations.
  • Estimated number of applications.
  • Proposed due date and letter of intent date if applicable.
  • Council date.
  • Assistance that could be provided for this activity or another review.

CSR discourages due dates in April, August, or December due to standing expedited review due dates for SBIR, STTR, fellowships, and AIDS applications.

CSR will send NIAID its decision one to two weeks after receiving requests.


  • OERPO staff receives request information from program staff.
  • OERPO staff complete the Receipt Date Request form and submit it to CSR for negotiation.
  • If CSR is unable to perform the review, they alert OERPO who then informs program.


If CSR asks NIAID to review applications, CSR Contact sends the information listed above to Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff, who lets CSR know whether NIAID can accommodate their request.


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Last Updated November 25, 2014

Last Reviewed November 25, 2014