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July 13, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 14

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NIH Update

Videos Illustrate How to Navigate the NIH Funding Application Process

Screenshot of Youtube video, NIH Peer Review Revealed

NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has released two videos to aid new and established researchers in the grant application process. The first, NIH Peer Review Revealed, is a 15-minute video that simulates a peer-review meeting and “provides an inside look at the dynamic way reviewers evaluate grant applications,” said CSR Director Dr. Toni Scarpa. A second video, NIH Tips for Applicants, is a 5-minute production in which reviewers and NIH staff members provide insights and advice to new applicants about what to do and what to avoid when applying for research funding from NIH.

The largest portion of NIH’s annual $31 billion budget supports grants to researchers; more than 80,000 grant applications are received each year. For more than 60 years, CSR has managed the review and distribution of these grants using the expertise of scientists from around the country who have themselves received major peer-reviewed grants. “NIH prides itself on using a process that is fair, independent, expert, and timely,” said Dr. Scarpa.

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