Over the last two years the NIH has implemented new guidelines and procedures to “enhance peer review”. For instance, reviewer comments and scores for each of 5 criteria are indicated on the summary sheet. The research proposal section has also been restructured, to more closely match the criteria by which the reviewers critique a proposal.
For those submitting SBIR/STTR applications to the NIH, April 5th is the first time the restructured proposal will be in effect. This is daunting for both first time and returning SBIR/STTR applicants.
The NIH has been inundated with questions and comments concerning these new processes. In an effort to address these questions they are holding a webinar (through GoToMeeting). This will be an opportunity for NIH staff to discuss the restructuring of the Research Plan, new page limits, new scoring, and other changes resulting from Enhancing Peer Review and to provide a forum for you to ask questions.
When: March 15, 2010 – 2:00 to 4:00 PM EST
(Note: the session is free, but you must register to participate)