Peter R. Jackson, Ph.D. Peer Review from an NIH Institute Perspective March 3, 2007 Chief, AIDS Clinical Review Branch Sci...
<ul><li>The National Institutes of Health (NIH) </li></ul><ul><li>supports medical and behavioral scientific </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>NIAID SCIENTIFIC REVIEW ROLE </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct peer review of applications and contract proposals for scie...
NIAID Scientific Review Program <ul><li>Over 30 scientists (Ph.D., D. Pharm., MD, DVM etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Infectious di...
<ul><li>NIH PEER REVIEW POLICIES </li></ul><ul><li>Office of Extramural Research for </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Review Policy ...
NIAID Funding Mechanisms   <ul><li>http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/mechan.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Different ICs ma...
NIAID Funding Opportunities   <ul><li>http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/budget/opps.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Updated site  </li></...
NIAID Research Concepts <ul><li>http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/budget/in-main.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts  represent earl...
NIAID Grants Preparation Guidance <ul><li>ALL ABOUT GRANTS TUTORIALS </li></ul><ul><li>  http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/gran...
ACTUAL APPLICATIONS AND SUMMARY STATEMENTS <ul><li>Center for Scientific Review WWW </li></ul><ul><li>http://cms.csr.nih.g...
ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS <ul><li>New, original ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Focused research, administrative plans /...
WHY APPLICATIONS FAIL <ul><li>Superficial, unfocused research, organizational, administrative plan(s) </li></ul><ul><li>In...
“ THE RULES” for  Navigating the NIH Peer Review System
<ul><li>Include everything called for in the Form PHS 398 or the Form 424 and in the RFA or PA (if relevant). </li></ul><u...
MAKE IT  EASY  FOR THE REVIEWERS <ul><li>Present clear overall organization </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul><ul><li...
PLAY IT STRAIGHT <ul><li>Lay out potential limitations, problems </li></ul><ul><li>Show how you propose to deal with them ...
READ and  CAREFULLY FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS <ul><li>Follow format and content (Form PHS 398, version 09/2004; Form 424) guidel...
BE AWARE OF CHANGES IN SCIENCE AND POLICIES <ul><li>Look at NIH / NIAID pages on WWW  </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with P...
BE AWARE OF CHANGES IN SCIENCE AND POLICIES <ul><li>NIH Manual Chapters   http://www1.od.nih.gov/oma/manualchapters/script...
DON’T WORK IN A VACUUM <ul><li>Actively seek out collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Network widely </li></ul><ul><li>Read a ...
DON’T GIVE UP! <ul><ul><li>Study criticisms in summary statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide if problems are repaira...
<ul><li>NIH Electronic Receipt   Web Site:  http:// era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt /   </li></ul><ul><li>NIH Electronic Rec...
<ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Peter R. Jackson, PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Chief, AIDS Clinical Research Branch (ACRB) <...
 
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SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP Peter R. Jackson, Ph.D.

  1. 1. Peter R. Jackson, Ph.D. Peer Review from an NIH Institute Perspective March 3, 2007 Chief, AIDS Clinical Review Branch Scientific Review Program Division of Extramural Activities NIAID, NIH
  2. 2. <ul><li>The National Institutes of Health (NIH) </li></ul><ul><li>supports medical and behavioral scientific </li></ul><ul><li>research in the pursuit of fundamental </li></ul><ul><li>biological knowledge and the application of that </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge to improve public health. </li></ul><ul><li>The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>NIAID SCIENTIFIC REVIEW ROLE </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct peer review of applications and contract proposals for scientific and technical merit </li></ul><ul><li>Implement peer review policies and procedures ensuring excellence and fairness </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in initiative development </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct grantsmanship workshops for the extramural community – national and international </li></ul>
  4. 4. NIAID Scientific Review Program <ul><li>Over 30 scientists (Ph.D., D. Pharm., MD, DVM etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Infectious diseases (virology, bacteriology, parasitology), immunology, therapeutics, vaccines, molecular biology, biochemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Academia, business, government lab experience </li></ul><ul><li>4 chartered committees for career development, </li></ul><ul><li>training applications. Each meets 3 times / year </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk of reviews are ad hoc panels recruited exclusively for the review. Guarantees reviews are focused on the science. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>NIH PEER REVIEW POLICIES </li></ul><ul><li>Office of Extramural Research for </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Review Policy </li></ul><ul><li>http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/peer/peer.htm </li></ul>VIDEO OF A PEER REVIEW MEETING http://cms.csr.nih.gov/ResourcesforApplicants/PolicyProcedureReview+Guidelines/OverviewofPeerReviewProcess/InsidetheNIHGrantReviewProcessVideo.htm
  6. 6. NIAID Funding Mechanisms <ul><li>http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/mechan.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Different ICs may have different specific </li></ul><ul><li>purposes for the certain funding mechanism. </li></ul><ul><li>Consult the funding IC you plan to apply. </li></ul>
  7. 7. NIAID Funding Opportunities <ul><li>http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/budget/opps.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Updated site </li></ul><ul><li>Lists the approved NIAID initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) </li></ul><ul><li>Usually RFA, RFPs </li></ul><ul><li>NIH Guide Notices: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html </li></ul>
  8. 8. NIAID Research Concepts <ul><li>http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/budget/in-main.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts represent early planning stages for initiatives : (program announcements, requests for applications, or request for proposals). </li></ul><ul><li>Council approval does not guarantee that a concept will become an initiative . </li></ul><ul><li>If NIAID publishes an initiative from a concept it appear in the Funding Opportunities and in the NIH Guide. </li></ul>
  9. 9. NIAID Grants Preparation Guidance <ul><li>ALL ABOUT GRANTS TUTORIALS </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/default.htm </li></ul>These tutorials help biomedical investigators, especially new ones, plan, write, and apply for the basic NIH research project grant , the R01 .
  10. 10. ACTUAL APPLICATIONS AND SUMMARY STATEMENTS <ul><li>Center for Scientific Review WWW </li></ul><ul><li>http://cms.csr.nih.gov/ResourcesforApplicants/InsidetheNIHGrantReviewProcessVideo.htm </li></ul><ul><li>K08 (Clinical Investigator –Training) </li></ul><ul><li>R03 (Small Grants) </li></ul><ul><li>R01 (Investigator Initiated Research) </li></ul><ul><li>NIAID WWW </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/ </li></ul><ul><li>R01 (Investigator Initiated Research) </li></ul><ul><li>All four applications and summary statements are on the CD </li></ul>
  11. 11. ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS <ul><li>New, original ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Focused research, administrative plans /approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate resources/facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of relevant published work </li></ul><ul><li>Experience with the essential methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Future directions and contingency plans </li></ul><ul><li>Adequate staff with experience/training in essential methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared according to NIH / NIAID requirements </li></ul>
  12. 12. WHY APPLICATIONS FAIL <ul><li>Superficial, unfocused research, organizational, administrative plan(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient knowledge of relevant literature and research area(s) </li></ul><ul><li>PI and/or key staff deficient in effort, number, experience, training </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive work for requested period </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient details in the application </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate attention to the submission requirements </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ THE RULES” for Navigating the NIH Peer Review System
  14. 14. <ul><li>Include everything called for in the Form PHS 398 or the Form 424 and in the RFA or PA (if relevant). </li></ul><ul><li>Address ALL the review criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Make the Description as understandable and complete as possible (write it last!) </li></ul><ul><li>Include everything necessary for reviewers to assess your work </li></ul><ul><li>Only the application is reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>Applications are NOT compared </li></ul>YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETE IN ITSELF
  15. 15. MAKE IT EASY FOR THE REVIEWERS <ul><li>Present clear overall organization </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul><ul><li>Make your application visually appealing: charts, tables, diagrams, flow-charts </li></ul><ul><li>Use appendices well </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-reference, label, number everything </li></ul><ul><li>Write to the Review Criteria, in order </li></ul>
  16. 16. PLAY IT STRAIGHT <ul><li>Lay out potential limitations, problems </li></ul><ul><li>Show how you propose to deal with them </li></ul><ul><li>Don't pad biosketches with irrelevant items </li></ul><ul><li>Don't over- or under-estimate the budget </li></ul><ul><li>Do not assume reviewers will know what you mean </li></ul><ul><li>Do not assume reviewers will ignore review criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Don't indulge in blatant self-promotion </li></ul>
  17. 17. READ and CAREFULLY FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS <ul><li>Follow format and content (Form PHS 398, version 09/2004; Form 424) guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Address Special Requirements of award type or solicitation </li></ul><ul><li>Know the Deadlines – special for AIDS, solicited applications (RFA, PA) </li></ul><ul><li>FOLLOW NEW SUBMISSION RULES </li></ul>
  18. 18. BE AWARE OF CHANGES IN SCIENCE AND POLICIES <ul><li>Look at NIH / NIAID pages on WWW </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with Program Officers </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in touch with your University / Institution Office of Sponsored Programs (or similar activity) </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with Scientific Review Administrators </li></ul>
  19. 19. BE AWARE OF CHANGES IN SCIENCE AND POLICIES <ul><li>NIH Manual Chapters http://www1.od.nih.gov/oma/manualchapters/scripts/mcs/browse.asp </li></ul><ul><li>NIAID Standard Operating Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/sop/default.htm </li></ul><ul><li>NIAID Research Funding </li></ul><ul><li>http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/researchFunding/ </li></ul>
  20. 20. DON’T WORK IN A VACUUM <ul><li>Actively seek out collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Network widely </li></ul><ul><li>Read a successful similar application (and its summary statement) </li></ul><ul><li>Allow enough time for honest feedback from senior investigators </li></ul>
  21. 21. DON’T GIVE UP! <ul><ul><li>Study criticisms in summary statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide if problems are repairable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend diligently to each criticism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep a positive tone and attitude </li></ul></ul>Initial failure is common: learn from it and succeed – the majority do!
  22. 22. <ul><li>NIH Electronic Receipt Web Site: http:// era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt / </li></ul><ul><li>NIH Electronic Receipt Web Site Map: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/site_map.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NIH Guide Notices: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html </li></ul>Instruction Sources Electronic Submission is Happening!
  23. 23. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Peter R. Jackson, PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Chief, AIDS Clinical Research Branch (ACRB) </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities </li></ul><ul><li>NIAID, NIH, DHHS </li></ul><ul><li>6700-B Rockledge Drive, Room 3133, MS 7616 </li></ul><ul><li>Bethesda, MD 20892-7616 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 301-496-8426 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: 301-480-2310 </li></ul>
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