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Sidebar: What is Triage?

The expanded use of triage--under which certain grant applications deemed to be "noncompetitive" (NC) are not discussed in study sections--by the National Institutes of Health Division of Research Grants (DRG) has met with enthusiasic response from many NIH administrators. The new system, however, has engendered controversy in the extramural community.

NIH welcomes expanded use of the study-section procedure -- but some extramural scientists are less enthusiastic

Triage, which has been instituted on a trial basis in an increasing number of study sections since February of this year, will be used for all investigator-initiated (R01) and "FIRST Award" (R29) research grant applications beginning with those submitted for October/ November 1, 1994 deadlines. NIH expects about half of all applications to fall into the NC category.

The aim of the measure is to allot more time for study-section members to discuss...

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