Monday, October 10, 2011

NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has launched an the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program to:

* Train and educate qualified scientists without significant prior review experience so that they may become effective  reviewers
* Help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to review experience
* Enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions

What Are the Requirements for Being an ECR?

   * You must not have reviewed for CSR beyond one mail review
   * You have an active research program and publications in high-impact journals
   * You don’t have to have NIH or equivalent funding

What Does an ECR Do?

   * Attends study section meeting
   * Writes a full critique of each assigned application
   * Participates in no more than one study section per year and no more than twice total

What Are the Benefits?

   * You have an opportunity to serve the scientific community by participating in NIH peer review
   * You develop critique-writing skills
   * You learn what drives the review discussions and how impact is evaluated
   * You can use your insights into the review process to improve your own grant applications

For detailed information on reviewer responsibilities see the Reviewer Orientation site at

Send your questions about the Early Career Reviewer program to>

See at:

Krishan K. Arora, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Division of Research Infrastructure
National Center for Research Resources
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Room 938 - MSC 4874
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874
Telephone: (301) 435-0760
Fax:          (301) 480-3770

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