New GSA Directive Affects NIH Reimbursement Process for New Reviewers and Reviewers Up for CCR Renewal

Notice Number: NOT-OD-08-075

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

  • January 5, 2009 - See Notice (NOT-OD-09-033) The NIH Implements New Registration Process for Reviewer Reimbursement for Participation in NIH Peer Review Meetings.
  • October 10, 2008 - See Notice (NOT-OD-09-009) Extension of Interim NIH Reimbursement Process for New Peer Reviewers and Peer Reviewers Up for CCR Renewal.

Key Dates
Release Date: May 23, 2008

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (http://www.nih.gov)

In accordance with a recent General Services Administration (GSA) directive, NIH will discontinue use of the U. S. Treasury Central Contractor Registration (CCR) for electronic disbursement of reviewers’ honoraria and reimbursements for expenses incurred during their participation in NIH peer review meetings.  NIH is diligently seeking a new, efficient reimbursement system. However, effective immediately and through September 30, 2008, the following interim solution will be implemented:

  • Reviewers whose CCR registration is active at the time of reimbursement will continue to receive payment via direct deposit.
  • Reviewers who are not registered with CCR (or whose registration has expired) will be issued a check from a government contractor, World Travel Services, Inc. (WTS) for this fiscal year only (October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2008).  The check will be sent to the residential mailing address on file in the eRA Commons.
  • Reviewers do not need to renew their CCR registration once it expires.  Reviewers should ignore emails from CCR prompting them to renew their registration. 

Reviewers can check the status of their CCR registration at www.ccr.gov, by following these instructions:

  • Click on “Search CCR” located on the left side of the page.
  • Enter their DUNS number.
  • Click on “Search”.
  • View the registration status located at the top of the page.

NIH is committed to ensuring that all reviewers receive their disbursements as efficiently as possible, and is working to develop a new system to facilitate this process.  Additional information will be forthcoming.  Thank you for your continued support of the NIH peer review process during this transition.

Inquiries

Questions may be directed to Dr. Sally Amero, NIH Review Policy Officer, Office of Extramural Research, NIH (301-435-1418; ReviewPolicyOfficer@mail.nih.gov).