NIH has made the Final Draft of the NIH 2007-2008 Peer Review Self Study available for review. The Draft Report is available at: http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/meetings/NIHPeerReviewReportFINALDRAFT.pdf
NIH invites public comment. The public comment period is open through Monday, March 17, 2008.
Comments should be directed to:
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Penny Wung Burgoon, Ph.D.
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NIH has provided a summary of the challenges the report identified with some of the recommendations for addressing each of them below:
Reduce Administrative Burden on Applicants, Reviewers, and NIH Staff
- Recommendations: Reduce application length but emphasize their impact/uniqueness/originality; consider all applications as new, eliminating special status of amended applications; establish "Not Recommended for Resubmission (NRR)" to help applicants make faster, more informed decisions to either refine an existing application or develop a new idea.
Enhance the Rating System
- Recommendations: Provide unambiguous feedback to applicants by modifying the rating system to provide an independent overall score and ranking; rate multiple, explicit criteria individually.
Enhance Review and Reviewer Quality
- Recommendations: Enhance training for reviewers, study sections and Scientific Review Officers; create more flexible service and deadlines for reviewer grant submissions; analyze patterns of participation by clinician scientists in peer review and provide more flexibility to ensure their continued involvement in review.
Optimize Support for Different Career Stages and Types
- Recommendations: Continue to fund more R01s for early-career investigators to be on par with established investigators in application success rates; enhance productivity of the most accomplished investigators by refining mechanisms, such as MERIT/Javits, etc.; pilot the review of early-career investigators using generalists as reviewers to encourage risk-taking and innovation or uniqueness among applicants.
Optimize Support for Different Types and Approaches of Science
- Recommendations: Use award programs, such as Pioneer, New Innovator and EUREKA, as starting points to invite, identify and support transformative research; ensure participation of adequate numbers of clinician scientists by providing more flexible options for review service; employ editorial board models for the review of interdisciplinary research that includes content experts and big-picture thinkers.
Reduce the Stress on the Support System of Science
- Recommendations: Establish a "minimum-percent effort" for investigators on research project grants to ensure optimal use of NIH resources; analyze the NIH contribution for optimal biomedical workforce needs.
Meet the Need for Continuous Review of Peer Review
- Recommendations: Establish a periodic, data-driven, NIH-wide assessment of the peer review process; capture appropriate current baseline data; develop new metrics to track key elements of the peer review system.
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