NIH Grants Policy Statement
Revised October 2017. This document applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements for budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017.
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12.5 Review

All CDA applications will undergo peer review as noted in The Peer Review Process in Part I; however, the actual review criteria and other review considerations are different as described herein.

12.5.1 Overall Impact

Reviewers should provide their assessment of the likelihood for the candidate to develop and/or maintain a strong research program, taking into consideration the criteria below in determining the overall impact score.

12.5.2 Scored Review Criteria

For CDA applications, reviewers will consider each of the five review criteria below in the determination of the scientific and technical merit and give a separate score for each. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have a major scientific impact. The scored criteria are:

These criteria are listed in logical order and not in order of priority. Since the specifics for each of these criteria can vary for the various CDA programs, the review criteria are described in detail in the FOA. Note that different ICs may employ additional review criteria.

12.5.3 Additional Review Criteria

As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact score, but will not give separate scores for these items.

The FOA should be consulted for further information describing each of the relevant additional review criteria.

12.5.4 Additional Review Considerations

As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will address each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items and should not consider them in providing an overall impact score.

Candidates should carefully review the applicable FOA for complete information associated with the peer review process including further information describing each of the relevant additional review considerations.