An all-day retreat for all 430 scientific review administrators
at NIH took place Sept. 29 at the Natcher Conference Center. The
theme was "Core Values of Peer Review in Changing Times."
CSR director Dr. Antonio Scarpa and NIH deputy director for extramural
research Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo offered their goals for shortening
the review cycle and using evidence and fact to drive changes in
review procedure, respectively.
Attendees learned about the new electronic grant submission using
the SF 424 (R&R) and also the transition to a new way to reimburse
peer reviewer expenses. SRAs shared techniques for recruiting reviewers
and ensuring adequate gender and minority representation on review
panels, then heard tips on how to organize and run reviews of grant
applications for complex, multi-center studies.
Kevin Eikenberry shared his approach to convincing staff to accept
change in work procedures, showing how critical it is for leadership
to provide a clear vision of the goal for the changes. Dr. Lloyd
Fricker spoke about the importance of peer review for the health
science research grants process, and outlined potential problems
and pitfalls of the review process.
Audio files and transcripts of all plenary sessions and the Q&A
are available at the OER extramural intranet.