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NIGMS Standing Review Committees

NIGMS has four standing review committees. These committees review the flagship training programs for the institute. Reviewers on the committees have extensive experience in training programs and they are appointed for 2 to 6 year terms. These committees each meet three times a year to review that round’s applications. These reviewers also are involved in the site visits of selected programs.

The TWD-A and TWD-B committees routinely review predoctoral T32 programs. There is considerable overlap in expertise between the two committees to handle conflict applications. When necessary, ad hoc reviewers are used to bolster appropriate expertise on each committee. The predoctoral T32 applications are divided between the TWD-A and TWD-B committees to balance workload and to avoid conflicts. Post-doctoral T32 programs are reviewed by a separate special emphasis panel (SEP) through this office.

The TWD-A committee’s SRO is Dr. John Laffan
The TWD-B committee’s SRO is Dr. Lisa Newman

The TWD-C and TWD-D committees handle a more diverse set of applications. They review: MARC (T34), RISE (R25), Bridges to the Doctorate (R25), Bridges to the Baccalaureate (R25), IRACDA (K12), PREP (R25) and IMSD (R25) programs. Both TWD-C and TWD-D committees review all these types of programs, which are divided between the two to avoid conflict and to balance workload.

The TWD-C committee’s SRO is Dr. Lee Slice
The TWD-D committee’s SRO is Dr. Rebecca Johnson

Site Visits

As part of NIGMS’s commitment to training, workgroups from the standing committees site visit established programs as a part of the review process. The long-standing NIGMS site visit program is a keystone in the new NIH initiative to optimize stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Other than the PREP and Bridges to the Baccalaureate programs, all training programs are periodically site visited as a part of the review process. Resources do not allow each program to be site visited every round but there is a concerted effort to visit each program in a rotating and equitable manner. NIGMS has found site visits to be an invaluable source of information not only to aid the review process but also to disseminate training techniques between programs and bring the NIGMS training community together.​

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This page last reviewed on June 01, 2017