How to change NIH peer review?

Tell us what you think about the agency's ideas for improving how it evaluates grant applications

The Scientist Staff
Dec 11, 2007
NIH Director Elias Zerhouni has presented US biomedical researchers with a mission: "Fund the best science, by the best scientists, with the least administrative burden."Since July, 2007, the NIH has received more than 2600 suggestions from researchers about ways to improve the agency's peer review process. Currently, the agency is sifting through the suggestions, and plans to conduct pilot experiments to test their effectiveness early next year.The stakes are high: Each year, the Center for Scientific Review -- the portal for NIH grants -- receives 80,000 applications, and recruits more than 18,000 external experts for peer review.Now's your chance to have your say. Below is a list of some of the changes the agency is considering. Tell us what you think. Which ideas do you love, hate? If you want to weigh in on any idea, click here. Comments can be anonymous.
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