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NIH Grant Opportunities2020-03-16T14:12:10-04:00

To better track research funding opportunities from the NIH you can follow the links below for the most current listing of NIH grants. The list is updated every Friday afternoon:

For NIBIB-specific research funding opportunities follow the link below:

NIH Announcements:

The NIH Common Fund:

How to Become a Member of an R01 NIH Study Section:

An important provision within the Academy’s Strategic Plan is a desire to increase the number of imaging researchers on study sections and advisory councils through nomination and otherwise. To consider taking on this very valued and important service, here is information on how the process works and what steps you can take to participate. This information was obtained from speaking with several program officers in different institutes at NIH regarding study section nomination and appointment in order to insure that this is the most up to date information and web links.

Study sections are determined by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and not by the individual institutes and centers (ICs). (See more detail below). This doesn’t mean that the ICs have no role in the process. It is helpful to you to reflect your interest in being a reviewer to an institute and center as CSR does reach out to ICs for suggestions of individuals to consider.

CSR welcomes individuals volunteering to be reviewers rather than having to seek reviewers out through the system of grants and relationships garnered over the years. Most NIH reviewers have a PhD or MD or advanced degree equivalent. CSR seeks individuals who have substantial and independent research experience, have received major peer-reviewed grants (RO1 or equivalent) but please note Early Career Reviewer Program (info below), understand the importance of the review process (current peer reviewed funding or experience managing research projects is preferred but not required), and are dedicated to high quality, fair review.

CSR Scientific Review Officers use a number of sources to identify potential study section members, including:

Authors of recent publications in the area covered by the study section
Speakers at scientific meetings
Scientists who have obtained NIH grants in the area of the study section
Scientists recommended by present and former study section members
Scientists recommended by NIH program staff
Recommendations from professional societies and university research deans that have nominated volunteer reviewers whose names are added to a CSR database.

Three ways to approach becoming a reviewer:

1. Contact a CSR Scientific Review Officer (SRO): If you are an established investigator, send your CV to a CSR Scientific Review Officer (List of Regular Standing Study Sections and Review Officer) you know from having your applications reviewed or from having served as a reviewer in the past. CSR, however, suggests contacting your professional society or research dean first, letting them know you are interested in being a reviewer and asking them to add your name to CSR’s list of recommended reviewers.

2. Early Career Reviewer Program: If you are an emerging researcher with an active, independent research program and you don’t have a major grant, consider applying for our Early Career Reviewer Program. This program may help jumpstart your career and prepare you to become an NIH reviewer.

3. Let CSR find a good Review Group for you: Send your CV to [email protected], and CSR will explore options for pairing you with an appropriate review group.

In addition, in seeking to put before you as much useful information as possible, attached is an additional resource to guide you in your decisions – How to be a member of an RO1 Study Section from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI has also put together a book on “Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty.”