“Does resolving a bar to award improve my application’s score in peer review?”

Funding News Edition: November 17, 2021
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No, your application’s score in peer review is finalized before NIAID notifies you of any bars to award through the summary statement. Moreover, peer reviewers assess your application as though you will resolve any concerns about human subjects, animals, or biohazards before NIAID awards the grant.

For more on the application scoring process, see Scoring & Summary Statements. Read our April 7, 2021 article “Know How To Answer Just-in-Time Requests, Resolve a Bar to Award” to learn what to do if your research application scores well but the summary statement indicates a bar to award.

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