Revision: Streamlined Review Process to be used for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications (F32)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-07-085

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date:  August 9, 2007

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) ( )

Revision: This revision to NOT-OD-06-077 updates only information about future electronic submission of fellowship applications (see last paragraph).  All other information and dates remain unchanged.

Beginning with grant applications submitted for the August 5, 2006, receipt date, all study sections will use the NIH’s streamlined review process for the review of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship applications (F32). The streamlined review process allows reviewers more time to discuss applications likely to be supported. Reviewers will designate approximately 40% of the F32 applications as "non-competitive” which means they will not be scored.  A designation of "non-competitive” requires unanimous agreement of the study section; if one reviewer disagrees, the application will be discussed by the review group.  Reviewers will be instructed that the "non-competitive" designation is to be used for any application judged to be qualitatively in the lower 40% of F32 fellowship applications normally reviewed by that study section. 

As with all applications, those determined to be “non-competitive" will be reviewed and will receive summary statements with written critiques.  “Non-competitive” applications will not receive full discussion at the study section meeting and thus will not have a "Resume and Summary of Discussion” paragraph.  “Non-competitive" applications will not routinely be taken to the second level of review by the NIH Institutes and Centers.  Information on peer review outcomes and Summary Statements will be available on the eRA Commons

Please note that all Fellowship applications will be required to use the SF424 (R&R) form and for submission in the future.  However, the date of conversion to electronic fellowship applications has not yet been determined.  Applicant should periodically consult the timeline for the transition of all competing grant mechanisms is available at:


Questions concerning this guide notice may be directed to:

Henry Khachaturian, Ph.D.
NIH Extramural Program Policy Officer
Acting NIH Research Training Officer
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
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Bethesda , Maryland 20892-7963

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