Research and Funding

Guide to Program Project Review at NIA

Roles and Responsibilities of the Reviewer

As a Peer Reviewer, you are an expert in a scientific or technical field related to the grant application.  Your role is to provide expert advice on the scientific and technical merit of the program project application.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Reading your review instructions and applications; alerting your Scientific Review Officer (SRO) as early as possible if an assignment does not fit your expertise or you identify a conflict of interest.
  • Providing your SRO with your pre-meeting conflict of interest form and your phone number for the teleconference.
  • Writing preliminary critiques, using and completing all sections of the critique template, and uploading critiques and scores to the website by the deadline.
  • Participating in the teleconference in its entirety, listening to presentations of assigned reviewers, contributing as appropriate to the discussion, and providing scores.  All reviewers must participate in the entire meeting because final scoring (at the end of the meeting) is based on the discussion of all cores and projects.
  • Editing and turning in your critiques, criterion scores, and conflict of interest form, post-review.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of review proceedings, before and after the meeting.