NIGMS Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs)
The NIGMS Scientific Review Branch (SRB) oversees the first part of this dual review process. Each scientific review group or peer-review panel is led by a scientific review officer (SRO), the designated federal official. SROs analyze the content of each application and check for completeness, recruit qualified reviewers based on the scientific and technical contents of the application, are responsible for ensuring that each application receives an objective, high quality, and fair initial peer-review, and that all federal laws, regulations, and NIH policies are implemented. SROs also identify and manage conflicts of interest, oversee administrative and regulatory aspects of peer-review meetings, and prepare final summary statements, which are used for the second level of review by the NAGMS council.
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