NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 12, April 11, 1997


P.T. 34


  Grants Administration/Policy+ 


Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is

streamlining its process for preparing summary statements of reviews

of grant applications.  Changes are designed to improve the

timeliness of information for AHCPR program decisions and for useful

critiques to applicants.  Resource constraints make it difficult for

AHCPR to continue providing comprehensive, integrated summary

statements of reviews in a timely manner.  The planned changes have

been reviewed by AHCPR internal and external grants streamlining work

groups and recommended for implementation.  Changes in the AHCPR

process are consistent with streamlined review systems implemented by

NIH, which have been favorably received by applicants and reviewers.

Effective with the October 1997 application receipt cycle, AHCPR will

begin to implement a streamlined system for preparation of summary

statements.  The transition phase is expected to take two review

cycles; full implementation will begin with the June 1998 application

receipt cycle.  During this transition, reviewers will be oriented to

the new process, and refinements to the system will be made as

needed.  The implementation of this process will not affect how

applicants prepare or submit their applications.  Applicants should

expect the summary statement of the review of applications to appear

in a different format than previously.  The new format will consist

of a summary of the review group's discussion (when applicable), a

description of the proposed project from the investigator's abstract,

and the reviewers' individual critiques.




For additional information about AHCPR's new process for preparing

summary statements, contact the Office of Scientific Affairs, AHCPR,

at (301) 594-1449.



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