Becoming a Reviewer for NIGMS

​​NIGMS OSR is always seeking outstanding scientists to serve as reviewers. The general qualifications for being a reviewer are current or recent research funding from NIH or another organization, a track record of published research, and an interest in a broad range of science. Reviewers must be committed to objectivity and fairness and be willing to provide thoughtful and constructive critiques. We also want our panel members to represent diverse institutions and backgrounds.

Scientific Expertise Needed

For our standing committees that review training grant applications, we seek reviewers who have managed or been substantially involved in a training program(s) at their institution. For Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs), the science can span the entire breadth of basic science supported by NIGMS and varies significantly from one review to the next.

Training the Next Generation of Reviewers

OSR generally seeks experienced reviewers for the roles of primary and secondary reviewers. However, we are also committed to training new reviewers and often recruit individuals who have been funded and well published but have no previous NIH review experience. Being an NIH reviewer is demanding but has its own rewards, including discovering the ways that other scientists think about science Link to an external website.

Reviewer Orientation

The variety of different grant mechanisms reviewed by NIGMS OSR dictates that Scientific Review Officers (SROs) carefully orient reviewers prior to every review meeting. Our orientations include the basics of grant application review but also the background, objectives, and special review criteria for the specific type of applications under review. For new reviewers, SROs also provide personal guidance and helpful resources for all aspects of the review process. These resources include step by step instructions for participating in a grant review, guidance for navigating the NIH Internet Assisted Review (IAR) system, and answers to reviewers’ frequently asked questions.

How to Become a Reviewer For NIGMS OSR

If you would like to become a reviewer for NIGMS OSR, let us know by sending your CV attached to an email message with the subject line “Volunteer Reviewer” to one of our SROs. In the message, include a summary of your broad and specific areas of scientific expertise, the primary techniques you use, and any types of applications you are particularly interested in reviewing (e.g., training, research capacity-building, RFAs).

The expertise we need is highly variable, so we cannot say for sure when you might be contacted to participate in a review. Rest assured, however, that having your information will make it much easier for us to find you when your expertise is needed.​​