NIH peer reviewers based on the West Coast now have less far to travel for study section meetings, according to the Center for Scientific Review, the gateway for all NIH grant applications. For reviewers based far away from DC who have lamented the burden of traveling to Washington for study section meetings, the agency says half of scientific review officers will hold one meeting in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Francisco in 2008. All SROs will do so by 2009, according to in Peer Review Notes, a publication of the Center for Scientific Review released typically three times per year. NIH spokesperson Don Luckett sent me the newsletter this morning, which he plans to publish today. In addition, the newsletter announces that the Web-based review system for NIH grant applications has undergone an upgrade, and applicants now have access to tips from study section chairs on how to get...

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