The NIGMS Scientific Review Branch (SRB) 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
our standing study sections 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
SRB 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.
The variety of different grant mechanisms reviewed by NIGMS SRB 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 SRB
If you would like to become a reviewer for NIGMS SRB, 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, specific 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 if your expertise is needed.
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