What’s New in Peer Review


Thursday, June 18, 2015

NIH Statement on Integrity in Peer Review. The NIH issued its position concerning: 1) the responsibilities of all participants, including individuals named on applications and officials of applicant organizations, in maintaining the integrity of the NIH peer review process, 2) potential consequences for any unlawful or unethical attempt to influence the outcome of NIH peer review.  See NOT-OD-15-106

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
New Website Launched for Reviewers:  A brand new website to help guide reviewers through the peer review process was launched on April 15.  The site provides policy notices, guidelines, step-by-step instructions, videos and critique templates. Check out the Guidance for Reviewers website today.

Friday, January 30, 2015 

New Biosketch Format. The NIH is transitioning to a new biosketch format. The NIH encourages applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. See NOT-OD-15-032 and NOT-OD-14-024.

Simplified Late Application Policy. The NIH simplified the policy for late application submissions. A two week window after the application due date now applies, during which NIH might consider accepting a late application. The new policy is effective for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015. See NOT-OD-15-039.

Revised NIH Definition of "Clinical Trial". The NIH has revised its definition of "clinical trial" to clarify the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies and to enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on clinical trials. The new definition applies to competing grant applications that are submitted to NIH for the January 25, 2015 due date and subsequent due dates. See NOT-OD-15-015

Genomic Data Sharing Policy. The NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy applies to all NIH-funded research that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data as well as the use of these data for subsequent research. Beginning with applications submitted for the January 25, 2015 due date, NIH expects investigators and their institutions to provide basic plans for following this Policy in the Resource Sharing Plan section of grant applications. See NOT-OD-14-124NOT-OD-14-111, and NOT-OD-15-027

Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications. NIH has removed the requirement to identify substantial scientific changes in the text of a Resubmission application by 'bracketing, indenting, or change of typography'. It is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment. See NOT-OD-15-030.

Updated Submission Policy. The NIH announced an updated policy for application submissions that allows applicants to come in with a new application after an unsuccessful resubmission.See NOT-OD-14-074 and NOT-OD-14-082NOT-OD-15-059, and FAQs on application submission.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Updated Submission Policy.  The NIH announced an updated policy for application submissions that allows applicants to come in with a new application after an unsuccessful resubmission.  See NOT-OD-14-074 and NOT-OD-14-082, and FAQs on application submission. 

Research Training Programs.  Following recommendations of the Biomedical Research Workforce Task Force, the NIH is implementing changes to the review criteria used to evaluate applications for fellowships, career development awards, and training grants.  See the Guidelines and Fill-able Templates for Reviewers.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Continuous Submission The continuous submission policy has been changed. Read more ...

Research Involving Chimpanzees The interim agency policy for NIH extramural and intramural research involving chimpanzees has been updated. See NOT-OD-14-024.