Results of NIH Reviewer Focus Groups
Over the summer, the Office of Proposal Development, in collaboration with Naomi Rosenberg from the Sackler School and Linden Hu from Tufts Medical Center, organized focus groups of Tufts faculty members who had served recently on NIH study sections. The goal was to discuss how the recent changes to NIH submission requirements have affected the process of peer review and the reviewers’ experiences with the new, shorter proposal format.
On September 14th, a public presentation and discussion was held to share focus group results in the hope that faculty members who have not served on a recent study section would benefit from their colleagues’ experiences as they prepare for the next round of submissions. The Office of Proposal Development put together a summary of reviewers’ comments combined with insights gained from readings of grant submissions and summary sheets from a variety of fields and with a range of scores.
To watch a video of the presentation, click here.
To download a summary of findings, click here.
For more on the Office of Proposal Development, please see http://grantwriting.tufts.edu.