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Peer Review Process

Upon receipt, competing applications will be reviewed both by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for completeness and for conformance to all eligibility requirements and special provisions and requirements. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without further consideration.

NCI fellowships that are discussed will be assigned a priority score and a percentile indicating the application's relative standing among applications reviewed in the same study section. Applications that are not discussed will not be assigned a priority score or a percentile. All applications will receive the reviewers comments or "summary statement" approximately one month after the study section meets.

Unlike all other NCI postdoctoral support grant mechanisms, which are peer-reviewed by the NCI Division of Extramural Activities, F33 applications are peer-reviewed by review groups managed by the NIH CSR. (For a list of those review groups, please see Applications will receive a second level review by the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) to determine if the application meets the broad program needs and priorities of the NCI and the National Cancer Program.

For review criteria for the F33 grant mechanism, see the Review Criteria section of the Program Announcement.

  • Updated: November 18, 2013